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MMTC Praises Clyburn

Minority advocacy group says acting FCC chair delivered “extraordinary value” for consumers and entrepreneurs

The Minority Media & Telecommunications Council had high praise for FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in her six-month tenure as acting chair of the agency.

Clyburn delivered “extraordinary value” for consumers and entrepreneurs, especially for minorities and women trying to break into the industries the commission regulates, notes MMTC.

Noting her “greatest hits” for civil rights, entrepreneurship and technological progress, MMTC listed several radio issues.

Those included issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revitalize AM and promoting minority broadcast ownership by relaxing archaic foreign ownership restrictions. The commission is prepared to act on ownership at its Nov. 14 monthly meeting.

Notably, Clyburn intervened to restore WHGH(AM), Thomasville, Ga., back to air after the facility had to shut down due to an administrative error affecting its license renewal, according to MMTC.

The group described Clyburn’s hands-off approach to the retransmission dispute between Time-Warner Cable and CBS as adroit, while it also applauded her instigation of a study of “Hispanic” television.