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Collins Urges FCC to Expedite Orphan County Petitions

Nov 5, 2019
Press Release

GAINESVILLE, Ga.—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to express his support for the satellite market modification petitions submitted by Franklin, Hart, Stephens, and Elbert counties, and to urge the Media Bureau to work with stakeholders to expedite the appeal process for three of the four counties. 

“I am encouraged that the Media Bureau has approved the petitions submitted by all four counties,” Collins wrote.

While the Media Bureau has approved the petitions submitted by all four counties, media stations in South Carolina filed an appeal against the Media Bureau’s approval of the Franklin County, Hart County, and Stephens County petitions. 

“With these three counties still in need of a final decision, I encourage the Media Bureau to work with all affected stakeholders to quickly complete consideration of their satellite market modification petitions,” said Collins.

No appeal was filed after the Media Bureau’s approval of the Elbert County petition, which means the county is now ready to receive broadcasting from Atlanta-based stations pending successful negotiation between the broadcasters and satellite companies.

To read the full letter, click here