FMC Analysis of Public Comments Filed in FCC Broadcast Ownership Proceeding: Docket Tally

In May 2003, FMC conducted an analysis of the public comments filed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Docket 02-277 — the Broadcast Ownership proceeding. Over a two week period, two dozen volunteers collaborated with the FMC to analyze approximately 9,360 comments viewable on the FCC website, coding each comment as “opposing changes”, “unknown/neutral” or “supporting changes”. Below is a chart showing the state-by-state totals of the 9,360 comments that we reviewed as of May 8, 2003.

 

 

 

AGAINST Rule Changes

Unknown/Other

FOR rule changes

State

Total comments

citizen

corp/org

citizen

corp/org

citizen

corp/org

Alabama

16

15

0

0

0

1

0

Alaska

12

12

0

0

0

0

0

Arizona

72

70

1

0

1

0

0

Arkansas

17

17

0

0

0

0

0

California 1

136

135

0

0

0

1

0

California 2

173

171

0

1

1

0

0

California 3

306

282

22

2

0

0

0

California 4

155

149

2

3

1

0

0

California 5

103

102

0

1

0

0

0

Colorado

128

128

0

0

0

0

0

Connecticut

73

70

3

0

0

0

0

Delaware

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Florida

129

122

1

1

2

0

3

Georgia

43

40

0

2

1

0

0

Hawaii

12

10

1

0

1

0

0

Idaho

15

15

0

0

0

0

0

Illinois

260

254

4

1

0

0

1

Indiana

59

59

0

0

0

0

0

Iowa

21

21

0

0

0

0

0

Kansas

32

32

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky

32

31

0

1

0

0

0

Louisiana

21

21

0

0

0

0

0

Maine

65

65

0

0

0

0

0

Maryland

79

76

0

2

1

0

0

Massachussetts

147

144

0

3

0

0

0

Michigan

115

113

0

2

0

0

0

Minnesota

128

128

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Missouri

59

58

1

0

0

0

0

Montana

12

12

0

0

0

0

0

Nebraska

15

15

0

0

0

0

0

Nevada

11

10

0

1

0

0

0

New Hampshire

17

17

0

0

0

0

0

New Jersey

89

87

0

2

0

0

0

New Mexico

88

88

0

0

0

0

0

New York

377

347

9

10

5

5

1

North Carolina

156

146

1

0

5

1

3

North Dakota

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio

108

106

1

1

0

0

0

Oklahoma

36

35

0

1

0

0

0

Oregon

135

131

0

4

0

0

0

Pennsylvania

177

175

1

0

1

0

0

Rhode Island

23

22

1

0

0

0

0

South Carolina

13

13

0

0

0

0

0

South Dakota

7

7

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee

52

52

0

0

0

0

0

Texas

204

196

1

4

0

1

2

Utah

14

13

0

1

0

0

0

Vermont

44

43

1

0

0

0

0

Virginia

84

74

7

0

1

0

2

W. Virginia

14

13

0

1

0

0

0

Washington State 1

315

312

2

0

1

0

0

Washington State 2

211

210

0

0

0

1

0

Washington DC

4647

4500

40

8

64

1

34

Wisconsin

95

93

0

2

0

0

0

Wyoming

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

Total comments

9,360

9,065

99

54

85

11

46


 

Total AGAINST

Unknown/Other

Total FOR

 

 

citizen

corp/org

citizen

corp/org

citizen

corp/org

 

Corporations and organizations that are FOR the rule changes:
Along with the 11 citizen comments, the following companies, organizations and government officials filed comments supporting rule changes:

 

1

Alaska Broadcasting Company

DC

2

Bear Stearns (Victor Miller)

DC/NY

3

Belo Corp. (Wiley Rein & Fielding)

DC/TX

4

Block Communications Inc.

DC

5

Bonneville International Corporation

DC

6

Caribbean Int’l News Corp. (Maureen Jeffreys, Arnold & Porter)

DC

7

Clear Channel Communications (Christopher Robbins/Eve K. Reed, Wiley Rein & Fielding)

DC/TX

8

Cosmos Broadcasting Corp.

DC

9

Disney/ABC (Jared Sher, Skadden Arps/Susan Fox)

DC

10

Dispatch Broadcasting Group (R. Clark Wadlow, Sidley Austin)

DC

11

Economists Inc. (Bruce Owen)

DC

12

Emmis Communications Corp. (John Fiorini, Wiley Rein & Fielding)

DC

13

Fox/News Corp. (Brian Weimer, Skadden Arps)

DC

14

Gannett Co. (Kathleen Kirby, Wiley Rein & Fielding)

DC

15

Grant Communications (Kenneth Satten, Wilkinson Barker Knauer)

DC

16

Gray Television (Robert Beizer)

DC

17

Hearst Corp. (Jennifer Blum, Drinker Biddle & Reath)

DC

18

Hearst-Argyle

NC

19

Illinois Broadcasters Association

IL

20

Lockwood

NC

21

Media General (John Feore/M. Anne Swanson, Dow Lohnes & Albertson)

DC

22

Morris Communications Corp. (James Bayes, Wiley Rein & Fielding)

DC

23

NABET-CWA (Dan Mahoney/Leroy Watson)

DC

24

NBC (Jay Ireland)

DC

25

NBC/Telemundo (F.William LeBeau)

DC

26

Newspaper Ass’n of America (Martha Heller, Wiley Rien & Fielding)

DC

27

Nexstar (Elizabeth Hammond/Howard Liberman, Drinker, Biddle & Reath)

DC

28

Paxson

FL

29

Quincy Newspapers

DC

30

Representative “Billy” Tauzin (Congress)

DC

31

Representative Michael Oxley (Congress)

DC

32

Representative Rick Boucher (Congress)

DC

33

Richard Wiley, Wiley Rein & Fielding

DC

34

Sinclair Broadcasting Group (Kathryn Schmeltzer, Shaw Pittman)

DC

35

The National Grange (Leroy Watson)

DC

36

Tribune Company

DC

37

Univision Communications Inc (Scott Flick, Shaw Pittman)

DC

38

Verizon

VA

39

Viacom (Anne Lucey)

DC

40

Westwind

NC


Companies and organizations filed comments OPPOSING the rule changes:

1

ACTION COALITION FOR MEDIA EDUCATION (part of Children Now filing)

CA

2

AFTRA

NY

3

Alliance for a Media Literate America

NY

4

Alliance for Community Media

DC

5

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY (part of Children Now filing)

CA

6

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (part of Children Now filing)

CA

7

American Cable Association

IL

8

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (part of Children Now filing)

CA

9

American Women in Radio & Television

VA

10

Amherst Alliance

RI

11

Arso Radio Corp

FL

12

Association of Micro-Power Broadcasters

CA

13

Attorney General for the State of Washington

WA

14

Attorney General of the State of Connecticut

CT

15

Black Citizens for a Fair Media

DC

16

Buckley Broadcasting Corporation

CT

17

BUNGALOW 78 ENTERTAINMENT (part of Writers Guild West filing)

CA

18

Capitol Broadcasting Co

VA

19

Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors

DC

20

Center for Digital Democracy

DC

21

CENTER FOR MEDIA EDUCATION (part of Children Now filing)

CA

22

Center for the Creative Community

VA

23

CHILDREN NOW

CA

24

Citizen Action

IL

25

Civil Rights Forum

DC

26

Coalition for a democratic Pacifica

NY

27

Coalition for Program Diversity

DC

28

Communications Science and Technologies

NY

29

Communications Workers of America

DC

30

Consumer Federation of America

DC

31

Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO

DC

32

Economic Policy Institute

DC

33

FAIR — Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

NY

34

Future of Music Coalition

DC

35

GIDEON PRODUCTIONS (part of Writers Guild West filing)

CA

36

Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

NY

37

Granite Broadcasting Corporation

VA

38

Hodson Broadcasting

CA

39

Honolulu Community Media Council

HI

40

Information Policy Institute

NY

41

JAM Productions (Jerry Mickelson)

DC/IL

42

JOHN WELLS PRODUCTIONS (part of Writers Guild West filing)

CA

43

Journal inquirer

CT

44

Kennel Wood Broadcasting Co. Inc

TX

45

Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting

NY

46

Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations

CA

47

MBC Grand Broadcasting

VA

48

Media Access Project

DC

49

Media Alliance

CA

50

Media Democracy Legal Project

CA

51

Media Ownership Working Group

DC

52

Mediacom Communications Corporation

MO/NY

53

MEDIASCOPE (part of Writers Guild West filing)

CA

54

Minority Media and Telecommunications Council

DC

55

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHILD ADVOCATES (part of Children Now filing)

CA

56

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MEDIA AND THE FAMILY (part of Children Now filing)

CA

57

National Organization for Women

DC

58

NATIONAL PTA (part of Children Now filing)

CA

59

Nat’l Ass’n of Black Owned Broadcasters/Rainbow-PUSH Coalition

DC

60

Nat’l Ass’n of Hispanic Journalists

DC

61

Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America

DC

62

OH SHOOT PRODUCTIONS (part of Writers Guild West filing)

CA

63

Pappas Telecasting Co. (Peter Pappas)

DC

64

Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force

DC

65

PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA (part of Writers Guild West filing)

CA

66

Project for Excellence in Journalism

DC

67

Prometheus Radio Project

PA

68

REC Networks

AZ

69

Reclaim the Media

WA

70

Representative David Price

DC

71

Representative Maurice Hinchey

DC

72

Richmond Free Press

DC

73

Rural Video Coalition

DC

74

Sand Key Massage Center

DC

75

Seattle Times (Frank Blethen)

DC

76

Senator Mike DeWine/Senator Herb Kohl

DC

77

SHUKOVSKY ENGLISH PRODUCTIONS (part of Writers Guild West filing)

CA

78

Sisters of St. Joseph

DC

79

Small Video Operators Serving Rural Areas

DC

80

Stop 26-Riverbend,Inc.

OH

81

To Your Health Inc

DC

82

TV-Turnoff Network

DC

83

UBU PRODUCTIONS (part of Writers Guild West filing)

CA

84

United Church of Christ

DC

85

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

DC

86

UNITY: Journalists of Color

VA

87

Virginia Center for Public Press

VA

88

WEFT

IL

89

Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press

DC

90

Working Assets

DC

91

Writers’ Guild of America

DC

92

Writers Guild of America, West

CA

93

WRMC Board of Directors

VT

94

Young Broadcasting Inc.

DC

95

ZGS Broadcasting (Wendy Thompson)

DC

Orgs/corps supporting some changes but not all:

1

Cox Enterprises (To-Quyen Truong, Dow Lohnes & Albertson)
[wants to retain 35% cap]

DC

2

National Association of Broadcasters (Jeff Baumann)/NASA
[wants to retain 35% cap]

DC

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