Coalition of 23 groups seeks action from FCC chairman on minority telecom issues
Posted | February 17, 2010 09:01 AM
In a letter addressed to the Federal Communications Chairman, Julius Genachowski, a coalition of 23 minority organizations requested immediate steps be taken on current proposals to stem the loss of minority ownership throughout the telecommunications industry.
"Minority television ownership has decreased by 50% since 1999. Minority radio ownership has declined by 9% just within the last three years," the letter cited. "Minority wireless and cable system ownership levels are near zero. Finally, minority radio journalism employment has plummeted to less than 1%, a level not seen since 1950."
Among those requesting action are Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, National Association of Black Telecommunications Professionals, National Urban League, Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Spanish Broadcasters Association.
The letter calls the FCC"s lack of progress "unfortunate," and asked that it move forward with a vote on "any of the dozens of pending proposals to advance minority ownership and participation."