On November 2, 3 and 4, the FCC held a series of workshops to discuss how to structure its 2010 quadrennial review of media ownership rules, including issues related to the scope, methodology and analytical framework of the review process. The FCC is required to conduct a review of its media ownership rules every four years, pursuant to Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in order to "determine whether any of such rules are necessary in the public interest as the result of competition."
The workshops consisted of three half-day sessions. The first featured a panel of policy scholars, the second a panel of public interest groups, and the third a panel of broadcasters and media trade associations. The panelists presented their views on a number of topics, including what rules and issues, in addition to those statutorily required, the FCC should address in the quadrennial review process and the relationship between the Commission's long-standing policy goals of competition, diversity and localism and the media ownership rules in the current media marketplace. Panelists also discussed the types of data the Commission should collect to support its analyses and how better to make data available to researchers and the public.
Transcripts of the workshops will be included in the record of the quadrennial review proceeding. A link to the Public Notice can be found here. The FCC is expected to release additional information regarding its quadrennial review in early 2010.