Butterfield bill seeks boost for minority broadcasters

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Wilson’s congressman has introduced a bill to help minorities and women start television and radio stations.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson’s H.R. 3957, the Expanding Broadcast Opportunities Act of 2019, would reestablish the Federal Communications Commission’s Minority Tax Certificate Program to encourage minority and women-owned broadcast stations through the FCC’s incubator program.

“Historically, the number of minority-owned commercial broadcast stations in the United States has been abysmally low, never rising above 3.1%. The alarming lack of racial and gender diversity in media ownership is the result of a history of systematic barriers designed to discriminate and isolate certain minority groups from the media ownership market,” Butterfield said in a release.

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