Monday, August 15, 2011

FCC Suspends "Eligibility" Rules for Ownership Waivers

For some time now, the FCC has been trying to promote diversity in national ownership numbers.  One particular mechanism was to offer waivers to some of its rules (ownership, attribution, etc.) rules to "Eligible Entries" - small businesses, firms qualifying as minority or woman-owned, etc.  A recent court decision vacated several aspects of its ownership rules, including the notion of "Eligible Entries."  As a result, the FCC has had to suspend all of its eligible entity rule provisions and policies are suspended until the Court issues its final mandate.
This will slow the already feeble efforts to improve diversity in ownership.

Source: "FCC "Eligible Entity" Rules Suspended- Build Out Deadlines Affected for Some Broadcasters", The NAB Pulse

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