Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 2:28am
WHY NOT MORE MEDIA CONSOLIDATION?
[SOURCE: Huffington Post, AUTHOR: Norman Horowitz]
[Commentary] This administration, (like so many in the past), would like us to have as little diversity in our media as possible, and be able to control access for such content into our homes. At some time in the future will the government be bashful about determining what we watch and listen to on cable or on the Internet? (National security you know). The greater the consolidation, the easier it is for the government to accomplish this either by law or by pressure on the media companies. It has been the stated goal of our illustrious Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to promote media competition, diversity, and localism, but what is the FCC is doing to assist America achieve competition, diversity, and localism? If the FCC does what it appears to be doing, AT&T, Time Warner, and Comcast will control over half of the high speed Internet connections in our country. When AT&T merges with Bell South, they, along with Verizon, will control over 2/3 of American local phone connections. Comcast and Time Warner are in the process of devouring Adelphia Cable, and are clustering their holdings to reduce their operating costs and increase their market leverage. This will allow them control over national and regional programming services. For an added bonus, they will ultimately become America's dominant broadband providers. It would be nice to think that the FCC will only approve mergers that will protect the public interest, but just look at its history. It uses glowing terminology to describe its horrid actions.
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