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MMTC: FCC Can't Keep Punting on Eligible Entity

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC, formerly the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council) has told a federal court that the FCC has failed yet again to define eligible entity, and thus failed to advance minority ownership.

That came in MMTC's brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which is hearing various challenges to the FCC's latest Media Ownership decision, this one under FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in 2014.

"The FCC also failed — as it did in 2003 — to consider a host of specific proposals to advance minority ownership, including proposals to which the FCC could have applied and tested a meaningful definition of 'eligible entity' and others that could have reduced the need for eligible entities at all," said MMTC, which itself offered up a number of proposals.

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.