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comments on MMTC's proposals to promote diversity, localism
(September 25, 2009) The FCC is now accepting public comments on a
Minority Media and Telecommunications Council petition for rulemaking
that offers 17 proposals designed "promote diversity, localism, and
competition, to remedy the effects of past discriminatory policies
against minorities and women, and to provide an urgently needed stimulus
for the broadcasting industry as a whole." The MMTC says the proposals
"provide race-neutral methods of promoting the public interest."
The proposals are designed to address what the group calls "certain
archaic broadcast engineering rules" that, says the MMTC, operate as
barriers to entry into the broadcasting business.
The petition for rulemaking says modernization of the rules "would
especially assist small, minority, and women broadcasters, which have
suffered numerous injustices as a result of misadministration by prior
commissions," and says such stations "struggle to comply with
anachronistic engineering regulations."
The MMTC proposals include a request that an advisory committee be
formed to create recommendations for channels 5 and 6 now that the
digital TV transition has been completed, the end of the AM nighttime
coverage rule, and a relaxation of the rule that stations' signals must
cover at least 80 percent of the community of license.
The entire proposal can be downloaded from the MMTC website by