Free Press slammed the FCC's proposal to relax its media ownership rules, again. In comments filed at the Commission, the public interest group said the FCC's recent report on the ownership of commercial broadcast stations confirmed that women and people of color remain “disproportionately underrepresented” in broadcast ownership, with some numbers still moving in the wrong direction. “The FCC must thoroughly examine and analyze its broadcast ownership data, and then act accordingly to promote and protect diversity instead of allowing it to disappear. It must go beyond capturing a snapshot of the state of ownership, and actually study the impact proposed rule changes would have on opportunities for women and people of color. Seeing that complete picture would make it all too clear that the FCC cannot justify further relaxing these rules,” the group's policy dir Matt Wood said in a statement. — The FCC Media Bureau partially granted a request by the Natl Assoc of Telecom Officers and Advisers to extend the reply comment deadline for Cable Television Technical and Operational Requirements. NATOA requested the Jan 7 deadline be extended by 5 weeks to allow for additional time to compile records in response to commenters. The Bureau believed extra time was warranted, but that 5 weeks was unnecessarily long. It extended the deadline 18 days, until Jan 25. — The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau extended the deadline for comments on 12 petitions for exemption from the FCC's closed captioning requirements for video programming. Comments and oppositions will now be due Jan 14 instead of Dec 31. Reply comments are due Feb 4. Consumer Groups filed a joint request to extend the deadline, saying their counsel's offices at the Institute for Public Representation will be closed Dec 24-Jan 1.