Clyburn Statement On 3rd Circuit Court Decision 2008 Diversity Order
Federal Communications Commission
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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
July 7, 2011
Dave Grimaldi, (202) 418-2100
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MIGNON L. CLYBURN ON THE THIRD
CIRCUIT’S DECISION TO VACATE THE 2008 DIVERSITY ORDER“Today’s decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to vacate
and remand the Commission’s 2008 Diversity Order, because it did not take sufficient
steps to increase participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small
businesses, including minority and women-owned businesses, sends the important
message that ownership diversity remains an important aspect of the overall
media ownership regulatory framework. As the Court noted, the current Commission
has taken steps towards gathering updated studies on ownership diversity as part of its
2010 Quadrennial Review proceeding. I hope this Court decision will serve to
encourage all of us at the Commission to take a laser like focus on the necessary and
long awaited need for robust ownership studies and thoughtful recommendations to
advance diverse voices in America’s media market place.”
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