Commissioner Clyburn Statement on Multilingual Emergency Proposal
Federal Communications Commission
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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
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March 11, 2014
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STATEMENT OF FCC COMMISSIONER MIGNON L. CLYBURN
ON A PROPOSAL TO IMPROVE MULTILINGUAL EMERGENCY INFORMATION“I commend Chairman Wheeler for issuing a Public Notice that includes a proposal to ensure
non-English-speaking persons have access to important information in an emergency. This
proposal asks broadcasters, as well as state and local governments, to work on a plan to address
the needs of such persons if a non-English station is knocked off the air during an emergency.
During our field hearings to study service outages during Super Storm Sandy, we learned how
important broadcaster cooperation was to keeping TV and radio stations operational so
communities could receive information. Today’s Public Notice asks several questions about the
details necessary to implement this proposal. Responses to these questions will help the
Commission craft specific rules, if necessary, to promote this goal.”