Regarding deregulation of the FCC

  1. On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission is planning on authorizing sweeping changes to the American news media. The rules change could allow your local TV stations, newspaper, radio stations, and cable provider to all be owned by one company. NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox could have the same corporate parent. The resulting concentration of ownership could be deeply destructive to our democracy.

    Congress is supposed to guard against monopoly power. But the upcoming rule change could change the landscape for all media and usher in an era in which a few corporations control your access to news and entertainment. Please join me in asking Congress and the FCC to support a diverse, competitive media landscape by going to:

    MoveOn.org

    You can also automatically have your comments publicly filed at the FCC (always a good idea, as they are a political entity). When the folks at MoveOn.org talk to Congresspeople about this issue, the response is usually the same: "We only hear from media lobbyists on this. It seems like my constituents aren't very concerned with this issue." A few thousand emails could permanently change that perception. Please join this critical campaign, and let Congress know you care.

    Unless of course, you want reality shows 24/7 and only one political and social point of view: the company line.

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on May 14, '03
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Gomer
    Is this another of the Bush Administration's/Republican's attempt at controlling the masses? Or, is some other idiot behind this one?
  4. by   SharonH, RN
    Thanks Ted for posting this. Already we have radio monopolies in the form of Clear Channel and Cumulus and if their behavior during the recent war is any indication of what we can expect then we should be very afraid indeed of deregulation.
  5. by   Ted
    I honestly don't know the story behind this particular issue. It stinks of big business influence, though. In my eyes, it shouldn't be a Republican or Democrat issue. . . and if the FCC does allow this deregulation, it will hurt us all. . . Democrat or Republican!!

    I've posted on similar topics here in the past. Clear Channel already has a huge monopoly in the Albany, New York area. Doesn't make for much choice in either news or entertainment listening.

    It unnerves me that one or two companies can have such a huge control over the information conveyed to the public. It bothers me even more that the general public is either totally oblivious to this . . . or even worse, totally apathetic.

    I don't know what's worse: Government censorship or corporate censorship. I do know this, though . . . the CEO's of companies are NOT elected officials and therefore are not accountable to the public for their decisions.

    Ted
    Last edit by Ted on May 14, '03
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    To me this show the problem.
    Did you read or hear about this in the mainstream media.
    In a democracy people need to be informed. Otherwise what does our vote really mean?

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT:
    May 13, 2003 Stacy Robinson at (202) 418-2533

    STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER KATHLEEN Q. ABERNATHY
    OPPOSING DELAY OF THE BROADCAST OWERNSHIP BIENNIAL REVIEW

    Washington, D.C. - Today, Commissioners Copps and Adelstein requested a delay of the June 2nd meeting on broadcast ownership. While appreciating their concerns, I must respectfully oppose their request. I conclude that for both legal and policy reasons we should move forward with the June 2nd meeting. The Commission has a statutory obligation to review our broadcast ownership rules every two years. We are already behind schedule, as June 2003 is past the date by which our 2002 biennial review should have been completed. Furthermore, we are fast approaching the time in which we need to begin our 2004 biennial review. If we don't act, the courts may step in themselves.

    We have compiled a thorough and comprehensive record in this proceeding, which includes over 18,000 comments, 12 studies and testimony from a number of broadcast ownership hearings. We have provided notice of the rules we are reviewing, and the comments in the record reflect an understanding of these issues. I am satisfied that we have the information and the input we need to make a sound, judicially sustainable decision that will benefit the public interest. Although we are resolving very important and difficult issues, this task will not become any easier a week from now, a month from now, or even a year from now.

    - FCC -

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