Court Gives FCC 7 Days To Explain New Form 323 Requirements
June 16, 2010 at 4:25 AM (PT)
The FCC has been given seven days from MONDAY (6/14) to respond in the D.C. Court of Appeals and explain why it needs the Social Security numbers of all "attributable" principals of companies filing Form 323 ownership reports.
On MAY 28th, the law firm of FLETCHER, HEALD & HILDRETH; the ALABAMA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION; the ALASKA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION; the ARKANSAS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION; the LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS; the MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS; the NEW MEXICO BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION ; HUBBARD BROADCASTING, INC., SALEM COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION,; and SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY filed a petition with the court for a writ of mandamus to block the FCC from implementing the new Form 323 for commercial broadcasters. A similar earlier emergency petition to the same court by several other state broadcasters' organizations was denied in MARCH.
At COMMLAWBLOG, attorney HARRY COLE noted that "While it’s impossible to predict what the Court will ultimately do, the fact that it has asked the FCC for its side of the story suggests a level of judicial interest which should be of concern to the Commission."