NHMC Opposes FCC Proposals to Reduce Station Ownership Reporting and Public Inspection File Requirements

reduce station ownership reporting requirements at the FCC. These reports are used to monitor compliance and foster diversity, providing biennial snapshots of minority and female ownership in the broadcast industry. They enable Congress and the FCC to assess the need for, and success of, programs that provide opportunities for women and minorities to own broadcasting facilities. Additionally, the letter explains why the public should receive notice and have a meaningful opportunity to participate in the review of license transfers or assignments. In the second letter, NHMC and other civil rights organizations opposed proposals to reduce or eliminate the FCC’s public inspection file requirements. “This information helps ensure that broadcasters and MVPDs are serving their communities and meeting public interest obligations under the Communications Act.” Further, without adopting an effective alternative process for the public to learn how stations are serving their communities, the FCC cannot eliminate the requirement for broadcasters to file quarterly issue/program lists. The current filing requirements ensure easy access to important information and should remain intact.]]>