FCC ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON ITS STRATEGIC 5-YEAR PLAN!!
> Did everyone else but me know that the FCC is seeking public comments on
> its 5-year strategic plan for 2003-2008, and the deadline is next
> Friday, August 2? Sut, can you put this out on your 9,000 person MEF
> email? I have already sent a short email asking the FCC woman to extend
> the deadline by at least one week. Everyone, send this around to people
> you know. Here's details from a listserv I get and the webpage URL:
> If you'd like to have some input in how the Federal Communications
> Commission is doing its job, or should be doing its job, now's a good
> time. The FCC, a federal agency directly responsible to the Congress
> (and us!) is charged with regulating
the communications industry and
> media such as radio, TV, cable, wire, and satellite. Part of their
> mission is protecting consumer rights through enforcement, and also
> educating the public about their rights.
> Many feel the FCC has ignored certain public interest obligations in
> favor of allowing media industries to conglomerate and build profits.
> Chairman Michael Powell (son of Colin Powell) has been criticized for
> saying he is unaware that there is a public interest in media issues at
> all. Critics claim that enforcement of law and policy long mandated by
> Congress such as requiring indecent and adult oriented content to be
> aired after 10 pm (legally upheld as Constitutional) and requiring
> networks to air non-commercial children's programming are being ignored
> by the agency.
> to look at the draft of the FCC' s Strategic Plan for t
he next five
> years and comment---the FCC is asking for your comments in three
> specific areas by August 2nd, 2002.
National Federation of Community Broadcasters
Fort Mason Center Building D, Suite 210
San Francisco, CA 94607