Butterfield Introduces Bill to Expand Broadcast Ownership Opportunities

Apr 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act to help increase diversity of ownership in the broadcasting industry by strengthening data and reporting requirements at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), re-establishing the tax certificate program, and creating a pilot incubator program at the FCC to assist new minority- or women-owned broadcast stations.

“In today’s omnipresent media environment, the need to increase diverse voices that can contribute to the dialogue has never been more important,” said Butterfield.  “My bill that bolsters the FCC’s reporting requirements, revives a tax certificate program, and empowers the FCC to assist historically disadvantaged groups is an important step forward in encouraging new entrants into the broadcast industry.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee who share my goal of creating ways to increase diversity of ownership in broadcast.” 

The bill has received support from FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn who has long supported restoring the tax certificate program that helps historically disadvantaged groups gain entry into the broadcast industry.  The National Association of Broadcasters have also expressed support for the legislation.