NHMC Joins Several Civil Rights Organizations in Filing Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Review of the FCC’s Decision to Implement the Outdated UHF Discount

On May 26, 2017 NHMC along with Free Press, Office of Communications, Inc. of the United Church of Christ, Prometheus Radio Project, Media Mobilizing Project, Medial Alliance, and Common Cause filed an emergency stay motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing its decision to reinstate the outdated UHF discount. After oppositions to the stay motion were filed, the groups filed a reply to the oppositions on June 7, 2017.

Reinstatement of the UHF discount will allow broadcasters to underestimate the true reach of broadcast companies, thus exceeding the 39 percent national audience-reach cap set by Congress. The stay is critical to preventing further media consolidation while the Court waits to hear the appeal later this year.

The groups are represented by the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law and are currently waiting on the Court’s decision.

To read the full Emergency Motion for Stay Pending Review filed May 26, 2017 click here.

To read the full Reply in Support of Emergency Motion to Stay filed June 7, 2017 click here.

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