Congressman, Genachowski Exchange Letters Over Puerto Rico Ownership Rules
April 6, 2010 at 3:06 PM (PT)
Rep. PEDRO PIERLUISI (D-PR, non-voting) has exchanged letters with FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI over defining local radio markets in PUERTO RICO, specifically the use of ARBITRON's island-wide metro to determine multiple ownership restrictions.
PIERLUISI's NOVEMBER letter noted that "A listener in SAN JUAN cannot hear a station in MAYAGUEZ and vice versa," making ownership caps based on stations in the various local island markets more restrictive than how the rule is applied on the mainland. He suggested that the FCC adopt the Office of Management and Budget's market definitions for PUERTO RICO, which consist of eight separate markets, or use a countour overlap analysis.
GENACHOWSKI responded in a MARCH letter assuring PIERLUISI that the matter will be raised during the FCC's 2010 quadrennial media ownership review. He noted that waivers are being considered for pending sales of stations on the island.