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Puerto Rico radio station denied petition to broadcast Title III hearing

By on May 16, 2017

The U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico denied on Tuesday Onda Virtual‘s motion of the same date to reconsider an order that prohibited the company from broadcasting “the proceedings [of Title III of the federal Promesa law] through Onda Virtual, LLC., on a non-exclusive basis.”

In its motion, the petitioner argued that “because the hearing represents a matter of great concern for the people of Puerto Rico and is of the utmost importance to the U.S. Citizens that live on the island […] the signal of the hearing should be made available.”

“This is a very special case […] this is a hearing that affects all of Puerto Rico,” said attorney Francisco M. Troncoso, Onda Virtual’s legal counsel.

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The web broadcaster had requested the court earlier his month permission to broadcast the hearing, but the motion was denied on May 10th.

“The issue here is that the circuit’s policy has been not to grant access to this kind of event,” said Troncoso, who hoped the reconsideration would turn a different result this time.

However, the Court affirmed in a press release that “such broadcasts and transmissions are prohibited under Section 410.10(a) of the policies of the Judicial Conference of the United States as well as the Local Rules of this Court (see Local Civil Rule 83F(b)).”

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