Martin, somewhere over the Rainbow


FCC Chairman Kevin Martin addressed the Rainbow Push Coalition’s 11th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit. He had a story to tell the minority advocacy, too, about the FCC’s recent moves to increase the percentage of minority broadcast owners, part of the Commission’s active 12/18/07 Open Meeting. In addition to discussing measures put forth for serious consideration, many of them straight from the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, he touted his advocacy of making leased access available on digital side channels as a way to increase minority, female and SDB access to the airwaves.

Martin said his advocacy of LPFM was another route available to local small broadcast operations, many of whom could come from the minority community.

Martin noted other achievements, including increasing the number of minority households receiving broadband connections, and rules allowing increased competion providing communications services to apartment dwellers.