Sen. Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler supporting media ownership limits and acknowledging concerns about broadcasters’ use of shell companies and other shady tactics to skirt those rules.
As Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Michael O’Rielly arrive at the Federal Communications Commission, they face historic challenges and opportunities to shape the ways we connect and communicate for decades to come.
Here’s how the FCC should ensure that our public network and public airwaves provide better choices and more voices — by maintaining universal communications service, increasing media diversity, supporting local news and emphasizing political transparency.
Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission about a Minority Media Telecommunications Council study purporting to examine the impact of cross-ownership on women- and minority-owned broadcast stations. Free Press found the study’s methodology to be severely flawed and raised questions about the study’s conclusions.
Members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee urged the Federal Communications Commission to steer clear of proposals that would allow for more media consolidation until the agency has studied the impact such rules would have on localism and diversity. The letter pointed out that the Internet is not a replacement for local news coverage and reminded the Commission it has a congressional mandate to protect and promote localism.
On Dec. 10, Rep. John Lewis, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rep. Charles Gonzalez and Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Reps. Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva sent a letter signed by 44 House members to the Federal Communications Commission. The letter addresses concerns about how the FCC’s proposal to relax its media ownership rules will impact diversity.
On Nov. 30, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Tom Harkin, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Ron Wyden, Jon Tester, Al Franken and Jeff Merkley sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski about his proposal to weaken longstanding media ownership rules.