FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
O FFI C E OF
July 23, 2014
THE C H A IRMAN
The Honorable Steve Southerland II
U.S. House of Representatives
1129 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congressman Southerland:
Thank you for your recent letter regarding the Black Television News Channel's
("BTNC") waiver request. Your views will be taken into consideration and your letter will be
entered into the record for this proceeding.
As you are aware, Congress has imposed certain requirements on Direct Broadcast
Satellite (DBS) carriers, including the requirement to reserve a percentage of channel capacity
for noncommercial educational or informational programming. Commission rules currently
require four percent of a DBS carrier's channel capacity to be reserved exclusively for
noncommercial programming of an educational or informational nature.·
BTNC recently filed a request for a three-year waiver from this requirement. On May 15,
2014, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice requesting comments on BTNC's waiver
request. The comment periods have closed, and the Media Bureau has started its review of the
I hope this information is helpful, and I appreciate your interest in this matter.
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