Monday, November 12, 2007

Black Leadership Forum Opposes Spectrum - Leasing Proposal

[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]

The Black Leadership Forum wrote the Federal Communications Commission arguing that a variety of proposals from FCC Chairman Kevin Martin would "damage" the business models of minority programmers. One of those is a digital-TV spectrum-leasing arrangement the chairman circulated for a vote recently. In the letter, the group took aim at cable a la carte, which they said would be "inimical" to minority programmers; at mandatory cable carriage of a broadcasters' multicast channels, which it called puzzling and unjustified; and at a proposal to lease DTV spectrum to designated entries including women and minorities, which it called a "consolation prize for all of the other FCC efforts to undermine minority programmers" that relegates them to second-class status.

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