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Review of the Literature Regarding Critical Information Needs of the American Public.

by Daniel Margolis, Attorney Advisor
July 25, 2012 - 04:31 PM

A team of researchers led by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications prepared for the FCC a review of the literature regarding the critical information needs of the American Public.  The report concluded that: (1) There is an identifiable set of basic information needs that individuals need met to navigate everyday life, and that communities need to have met in order to thrive; (2) Low-income and some minority and marginalized communities within metropolitan and rural areas and areas that are “lower-information” areas are likely to be systematically disadvantaged in both personal and community opportunities when information needs lag or go unmet; and (3) Information goods are public goods; the failure to provide them is, in part, a market failure.”  The FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities commissioned the report as the first step in meeting its obligations under Section 257 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, requiring the FCC to “identify and work to eliminate barriers to market entry.”  A full copy of the report and its associated annotated bibliography are available below.  

Executive Summary

Final Literature Review

Annotated Bibliography

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EEO Best Practices Summit

by Daniel Margolis, OCBO Attorney Advisor
December 5, 2011 - 11:26 AM

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:345:]]Are you an FCC broadcast licensee or MVPD operator concerned about your EEO responsibilities?  Each year approximately five percent of all licensees in the television and radio services will be randomly selected for an EEO audit.  On January 4, 2012, the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO) along with the Policy Division of the FCC’s Media Bureau, will host a summit discussing best practices and compliance issues with the FCC’s Equal Employment Opportunity rules.  The summit will provide impacted regulatees, broadcasters and MVPDs, with insight from Commission staff as well as representatives from other regulated entities. 

As part of its efforts to assist small, women- and minority-owned communications businesses, OCBO will be hosting a series of panels with representatives from a wide cross section of regulated entities.  Panelists will give interested parties a summary of the relevant regulations and will discuss various industry best-practices for achieving viewpoint diversity through broad outreach and recruitment. 

The morning event will consist of two separate panels.  The first panel will feature FCC officials who are responsible for oversight of the Commission’s EEO program and practitioners who have counseled broadcasters and MVPDs on creating and maintaining FCC compliant EEO programs.  The second panel, will feature representatives from regulated entities who will present their perspectives on daily compliance issues that they face on an ongoing basis. 

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