Public Discussion of Literature Review of Critical Information Needs of the American Public and Market Entry Barriers

26 June 2012: [Remarks by FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn] Good morning, everyone.  First alIow me express how encouraged I am by the interest in today’s discussion, which addresses both the critical information needs of the American public as well as market entry barriers.  At first glance, these issues may appear somewhat unrelated, but as will be affimed during this morning’s exchange, they are tightly entwined. I am grateful for the incredible work submitted by scholars under the direction of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, and would be remiss if I did not thank Chairman Genachowski for his support of this study.

Today marks an important step for the FCC, as we attempt to fulfill our statutory mandate to promote policies favoring a diversity of media voices, vigorous economic competition, technological advancement, and promotion of the public interest, convenience, and necessity, in addition to identifying and eliminating market entry barriers for small businesses.  This study begins the charting of a course to a more effective delivery of necessary information to all citizens. It holds the promise of enabling them to live safer and healthier lives by highlighting any challenges and exploring a host of opportunities for full access to educational, employment, information and business opportunities in addition to empowering them in their civic involvement. This literature review brings together disparate studies in order to produce a holistic overview of the ownership-employment-content relationship as it relates to the impact of women and minority participation in ensuring that all groups have their critical information needs met.

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