MMTC and Nine Other Civil Rights Organizations Stress Negative Impact of FCC’s Set-Top Box Proceeding; Urge Commission to Conduct Evidentiary Studies
MMTC and Nine Other Civil Rights Organizations Urge FCC to Pause Set-Top Box Proceeding, Conduct Evidentiary Studies
“The Commission is promoting a model that hands over the hard work of diverse programmers and content creators to companies that will profit from their work without compensating them,” stated MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan. “The Commission should not place its finger on the scale and pick winners and losers in this proceeding, with diverse content creators and distributors clearly on the losing end. We urge the Commission to pause this proceeding and conduct evidentiary studies on the impact of the set top box proposal on diversity, privacy, and cost to consumers.”
We write to appeal to each of you to confirm that minority-owned media will be included as a major component of your advertising plans throughout the 2016 campaign.
Expanding Consumer’s Video Navigation Choices, MB Docket No. 16-42; Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices, CS Docket No. 97-80; Promoting the Availability of Diverse and Independent Sources of Video Programming, MB Docket No. 16-41
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) introduced two important items—the Notice of Inquiry on Promoting the Availability of Diverse and Independent Sources of Video Programming, and the Set Top Box Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)—both of which will potentially impact the future of television and the viability of diverse and independent programmers.
Yesterday, we lost a dear friend and giant in communications law and policy and diversity in the communications industries. Dan Brenner, 64, died after being struck by a car while crossing a street in Los Angeles.