FCC Issues Triennial Report To Congress On Barriers To Entry For Small Business
March 3, 2011 at 11:35 AM (PT)
The FCC has issued its triennial report on the progress it has made in identifying and eliminating regulatory barriers to market entry for small-business operators and entrepreneurs, and included in the report were the expansion of low-power FM and the addition in 2008 of online tools to assist prospective radio applicants in finding open frequencies on the FM band. In addition, the Commission cited its move to allow radio stations to time-broker unused HD RADIO multicast channels to third parties as helping new entrants, and noted changes in ownership reporting requirements and the auction process as also aimed at aiding newcomers.
Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI said, "As important as the 257 Report is, encouraging a diversity of voices, promoting entrepreneurship and fostering the growth of small businesses aren’t just things we think about once every three years when it comes time to assemble a report. They are core principles shaping our strategic direction every day. I look forward to our continued work together on these important issues in the months ahead."
But Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS, concurring in part and dissenting in part, warned, "It is increasingly important that the Commission have a strategic plan to eliminate barriers, because issuing a report every three years to Congress with a list of limited, isolated and non-strategic steps is not what the times demand. While each such little step may be well-intentioned, such an approach does not substitute for a viable program that promotes market entry for small businesses and entrepreneurs."