Diversity Coalition Asks FCC To Redefine 'Eligible Entity'
June 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM (PT)
The DIVERSITY AND COMPETITION SUPPORTERS, a coalition of 19 organizations led by the MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL, has filed a petition for partial reconsideration of the FCC's diversity order, saying that the Commission, "after twelve years of inaction... has still failed to adopt a workable 'eligible entity' definition of the class of beneficiaries of minority ownership initiatives."
"If the Commission’s definition of an eligible entity as a 'small business' is sustained, minorities and women will remain barely represented in television and radio ownership for years to come," said the DCS. The filing noted that the Commission's Diversity Committee is working on a better definition of "eligible entity" and that the effective date of the Commission's diversity order should be delayed to allow for that definition to be developed.
The coalition also complained that the FCC had rejected foreign ownership reform, preventing minority owners from access to foreign sources of capital.
And the FCC granted DCS' motion to extend the comment and reply deadlines from JUNE 30 and JULY 14 to JULY 30 and AUGUST 29, respectively.