For Immediate Release – WASHINGTON, DC, 8/13/2012 – The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) announced today that it, along with a bi-partisan group composed of six former Federal Communications Commissioners and one former FCC General Counsel, filed an amici curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the University of Texas (UT) supporting UT’s admissions program designed to create diversity in higher education (Fisher v. University of Texas).
Former FCC Commissioners Andrew C. Barrett, Tyrone Brown, Michael J. Copps, Reed E. Hundt, Nicholas Johnson, and Gloria Tristani, along with former FCC General Counsel Christopher Wright, partnered with MMTC on the brief, in their individual capacities. Detailing their collective experience in promoting media diversity, the amici brief argues that “[d]iversity in higher education allows not only for a robust exchange of ideas on campus; it is an essential predicate for ensuring a robust exchange of ideas in communication through mass media.”
The amici brief urges the Court to uphold UT’s admissions program, which was previously upheld in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief also asks the Court to affirm UT’s reliance on the Court’s precedent in Grutter v. Bollinger, which led to UT’s crafting of a “holistic” admissions assessment program in which race was merely a “factor of a factor of a factor” representing a modest component of UT’s admissions profile, and from which applicants of any race may benefit.
MMTC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 that promotes media diversity and equal opportunity in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries and represents civil rights groups and other organizations interested in achieving media diversity.