On June 26, 2012, the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities hosted a public meeting to review a draft report prepared by a coalition of scholars brought together by University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. The researched was commissioned to examine existing research into the critical information needs of the American public and market-entry barriers into participation in the communication industry. The research will inform the Commission’s 2012 Report to Congress about barriers to participation in the communications industry, also known as the Section 257 Report. At this public meeting the USC-Annenberg Coalition presented their draft findings to the Commission and an independent panel of scholars and industry representatives, this was followed by an opportunity for public feedback and to inquire about the research results. Click here to view a draft copy of the Executive Summary of the report.