Statement of David Honig, MMTC President, On the FCC’s Media Ownership Proceeding

by David Honig on November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012 – Several parties in this proceeding have encouraged the Commission to grant additional time to consider the impact of some of the Commission’s proposals on minority ownership.  I believe that thirty additional days for the parties to file comments on that issue and others would be beneficial; for example, a twenty-day lightning round of comments with ten days for reply comments.  Certainly, the opportunity to improve the record on the relationship between structural rules and minority ownership, on the definition of an eligible entity, on the many specific pending proposals aimed at advancing minority ownership, and on the research needed to ensure that decisions made in this area are well supported and wise would be desirable.

It should be noted that the agency remains under the supervision of the Court.[1]

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MMTC is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to promote and preserve media diversity and equal opportunity in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries.

[1] Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC, 652 F.3d 431, 472 (3d Cir. 2011) (“Prometheus II”) (retaining jurisdiction while vacating and remanding various FCC rules, including those that relied on the arbitrary and capricious definition of eligible entities).

  • David Honig is MMTC’s President and Executive Director. He co-founded the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) in 1986. MMTC has represented over 70 minority, civil rights and religious national organizations in selected proceedings before the FCC, and it operates the nation’s only full service, minority owned media and telecom brokerage.

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