On April 29, 2019, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) filed comments in the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) 2018 Quadrennial Review proceeding opposing several proposals to rollback media ownership rules that promote diversity. Every four years the FCC holds a Quadrennial Review to evaluate the effectiveness of current regulations. In the 2018 Quadrennial Review Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, several of the FCC’s proposals would allow further consolidation of the media marketplace. The Commission also proposed a “Tradable Diversity Credits” system that associates people of color and other marginalized communities with property.
NHMC’s comments, joined by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Public Knowledge, United Church of Christ, Office of Communication, Inc., and WashingTECH, strongly opposes the FCC’s proposals to further deregulate media ownership rules and urges the Commission to abandon the Tradable Diversity Credits proposal. Instead, advocates implore the Commission to develop meaningful ways to increase diverse media ownership.
The full comments of NHMC and allies can be found here.