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REPLY COMMENTS OF APTS, CPB, NPR AND PBS IN THE MATTER OF PROMOTING...

Reply Comments of APTS, CPB, NPR and PBS in the Matter of Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services, April 13, 2015

The Association of Public Television Stations (“APTS”), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”), National Public Radio, Inc. (“NPR”), and Public Broadcasting Service (“PBS”) (collectively, “Public Broadcasting”) submit these reply comments to wholeheartedly support the comments filed by the Public Television and Radio Licensees. The Seventh Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “Notice”) proposes inadvisable revisions to Form 323-E for noncommercial educational broadcast stations, and the Public Television and Radio Licensees provide a well-reasoned and accurate critique of the proposal.

The Public Television and Radio Licensees represent an enormous number of public broadcasting licensees across the country that have closely evaluated the Commission’s proposal and provided expert feedback on the deleterious impact that would result if the proposal is adopted. These licensees represent dozens of public and private universities and university systems, state educational communications authorities, community and technical college districts, and non-profit community-based media organizations — all of which combined operate hundreds of full-power public television and radio stations in the public interest. This public service is unique in the media landscape regulated by the Commission, as has been repeatedly recognized in a wide variety of regulatory contexts.

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