NOW lobbies FCC on regs

Group argues for public comment

WASHINGTON — While the Federal Communications Commission puts the finishing touches on new rules governing media ownership, the National Organization of Women reminded the agency Thursday not to forget about women, small businesses and minorities.

With the final vote on new media consolidation rules skedded for June 2, reps from NOW and Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation met with Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and legal advisor Johanna Mikes last week.

NOW political director Linda Berg stressed the importance of the media ownership rules to these groups and argued for extending the amount of time the public can comment on the proposed regs. The group also expressed concern that newsroom staffs would be “obliterated” by increased television consolidation, according to an account of the meeting filed with the FCC.

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