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  •  Cable TV operates on a license from local (0+ / 0-)

    government. The local government gives the cable company exclusive rights to a geographic area. I get Bright House cable and can not get comcast even if i wanted to. Satellite is different I will grant. But even then the government has to issue a permit to launch. I remember public service editorials at the 5:30PM central time news casts. Or the 10:00PM newscasts. Face it we could have restarted the Fairness Doctrine until Obama's FCC did away with it formally. Reagan stopped enforcing it but it was on the books until Obama became President. So it is mute. Unless we can get Congress to reauthorize it. Fat Chance.

    Link to source on Obama's elimination of Fairness Doctrine:
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/...

    •  Aren't you confusing (0+ / 0-)

      public service programming as a license requiremetn with the "Fairness Doctrine" ?

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:41:27 AM PST

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      •  No but they are related. The local government (1+ / 0-)
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        can exert influence on the cable provider as a part of the terms of extending the contract. The cable companies have had it their way in the wake of consolidation of cable providers. But there was an opportunity to force cable networks to act in the public interest. That opportunity has been lost. The next great opportunity is the continued freedom of the internet. Which is in danger has been for years. That is why the FCC needs close examination. And Obama's version of the FCC has been such a disappointment. We have one last shot at a fair, free and open medium. But if internet providers are allowed to prioritize traffic then we are really screwed.

        Cable TV contracts used to mandate local programming. A public access channel. No longer. Now you might say that Youtube makes this unnecessary but it is a giveback to the cable TV operator. If you have cable TV you are subsidizing religious programming. Whether you like it or not. Yet you do not have access to facilities that would allow you to present your views. Because the local programming mandate has been dropped.

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