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FCC RIN: 3060-AJ27 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcast Services (MB Docket No. 07-294) 

Diversity and competition are longstanding and important Commission goals. The measures proposed, as well as those adopted in this proceeding, are intended to promote diversity of ownership of media outlets. In the Report and Order and Third FNPRM, measures are enacted to increase participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses. In the Report and Order and Fourth FNPRM, the Commission adopts improvements to its data collection in order to obtain an accurate and comprehensive assessment of minority and female broadcast ownership in the United States. The Memorandum Opinion & Order addressed petitions for reconsideration of the rules, and also sought comment on a proposal to expand the reporting requirements to non-attributable interests. In 2016, the Commission made improvements to the collection of data reported on Forms 323 and 323-E.


Pursuant to a remand from the Third Circuit, the measures adopted in the 2009 Diversity Order were put forth for comment in the NPRM for the 2010 review of the Commission's Broadcast Ownership rules.  The Commission sought additional comment in 2014. The Commission addressed the remand in the  2016 Second Report and Order. In the 2014 quadrennial review, the Commission reinstated the revenue-based eligible entity standard.

Agency: Federal Communications Commission(FCC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 47 CFR 73   
Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151    47 U.S.C. 152(a)    47 U.S.C. 154(i) and (j)    47 U.S.C. 257    47 U.S.C. 303(r)    47 U.S.C. 307 to 310    47 U.S.C. 336    47 U.S.C. 534 and 535   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
R&O  05/16/2008  73 FR 28361   
Third FNPRM  05/16/2008  73 FR 28400   
R&O  05/27/2009  74 FR 25163   
Fourth FNPRM  05/27/2009  74 FR 25305   
MO&O  10/30/2009  74 FR 56131   
NPRM  01/19/2012  77 FR 2868   
5th NPRM  01/15/2013  78 FR 2934   
6th FNPRM  01/15/2013  78 FR 2925   
FNPRM  05/20/2014  79 FR 29010   
7th FNPRM  02/26/2015  80 FR 10442   
Comment Period End  03/30/2015 
Reply Comment Period End  04/30/2015 
R&O  04/04/2016  81 FR 19432   
2nd R&O (08/25/2016)  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Brendan Holland
Chief, Industry Analysis Division, Media Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW,
Washington, DC 20554
Phone:202 418-2486