The FCC issued a public notice this week requesting nominations for an Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment that is expected to be launched for a two-year term this autumn. This panel will be tasked with providing the agency with recommendations on enabling “disadvantaged communities” to more fully participate in media industries.
In announcing his intent to establish this diversity council last month, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, “This committee will be charged with providing recommendations to the FCC on empowering all Americans. For example, the committee could help the FCC promote diversity in the communications industry by assisting in the establishment of an incubator program and could identify ways to combat digital redlining.” Pai specifically highlighted “religion” as one category that should not be allowed to impede opportunity in the media marketplace.
The FCC is seeking applications from across the communications sector, including industry, government, and community representatives. More details about the committee’s mission, procedures, and member obligations are available from the agency here. Nominations must be submitted by June 28.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 9, 2017