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These comments read, in part, 'UCC et al. submit these comments in response to the Commission's request for comments on proposals put forth by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) for advancing broadcast ownership opportunities for women and minorities consistent with constitutional requirements and the Commission's statutory authority.'
Written Testimony submitted by Common Cause, Member of the Media & Democracy Coalition,
to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, House Committee on Energy on Commerce for the March 7 Hearing: ?Digital Future of the United States: Part II ? The Future of Radio?
Even for this craven FCC majority, today’s vote to bless more media consolidation represents an awful new low. The FCC just wiped away time-tested and common sense safeguards that promote vibrant local media by ensuring voters have access to competing sources of news. By blessing consolidation this majority has ensured newsroom redundancy, meaning fewer working journalists to hold the powerful to account. And if that were not enough, let Big Broadcast get even bigger means cable customers nationwide will pay higher bills.
Americans expect and deserve to know who is bankrolling the political ads that follow them around the internet. In the wake of revelations about Russian use of internet ads to sway the 2016 presidential race, Common Cause and 17,945 members and supporters made that expectation very clear to the FEC, filing comments with the agency last week. In total, more than 150,000 Americans spoke out in comments and petitions with the agency—an FEC rulemaking record.