CGC CEO, Reed Hundt, wrote a letter, May 10th, to the DC City Council regarding proposed XXXskins Resolution
A group of former FCC officials and distinguished practitioners before the FCC sent a letter offering support and advice to the District of Columbia City Council regarding its proposed XXXskins resolution.
Building on a letter written by George Washington University Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf, the signatories recommend that the City Council include in its resolution an appeal to broadcasters of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The signatories of the letter urge the Council to suggest in its resolution that broadcasters “reevaluate their use of the term ‘XXXskins’ and question its effect on ‘public interest, convenience, and necessity as required by law.’” Given that broadcasters use government-owned airwaves in exchange for an understanding that they will promote public interest, they can and should play a role in terminating the use of this racially derogative name.
The letter is addressed to Councilman David Grosso who proposed a non-binding resolution that would summon Washington Football Team Owner Dan Snyder to change the name of his team. Councilman Grosso told the Washington Post, “It’s been a long time that we’ve had this name associated with Washington, and I think it’s time we take a stand and change it.” The signatories believe that the inclusion of broadcasters in the resolution could potentially lead to the much-needed name change.
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