Thursday, October 2, 2014

The FCC no longer protects public access to information, no longer protects individual rights over corporate rights, and consequently has no legitimate purpose

After advertising that the switch to digital television would result in more channels and perfect reception for most people, the FCC's own pre-deadline testing revealed that the majority of rural television viewers, especially those who due to local buildings and terrain received primarily reflected signals that were acceptable quality with analog signals would have no reception of digital signals due to a decision not to use a digital format that allowed for error correction or scaling of resolution to resolve digital noise issues. For the most part, the public has remained silent about the FCC's elimination of free broadcast television for the majority of the nation. Official FCC documents still claim that most people can get reception by finely adjusting the position of a digital (amplified) antenna suspended 30 feet above their homes. Exactly how is the average citizen supposed to be able to play with fine-tuning the location of a 30-foot antenna? What are they supposed to do when new construction changes that positional tuning?

Essentially, the FCC eliminated free broadcast television for the majority of the nation, by only ensuring reception is available in the suburbs of large cities, where less than 20% of the Nation's population reside.

Worse, the public has not complained, because the majority of us succombed to pay television a long time ago. Why is the public so quick to allow their property to be taken away? The legal theory behind regulation of the airwaves is to ensure the availability of public broadcast information, and to prevent the monopolization of these limited resources by a few wealthy broadcasters, yet the FCC's recent actions seem to do the opposite, encouraging monopolistic behavior of a few large cable companies that control how information is received by the nation. The FCC's policy is contrary to public interest. The FCC is no longer serving its primary purpose, and needs to be junked and replaced with a system that is responsive first, to the needs of individual citizens. Big media does not need to be protected, but individuals need Government protection from big media.

1 comment:

harish sharma said...

It is not enough to just dispute individual fraudulent claims. These companies are committing crimes against original artists and against the public domain. Using an automated system is not an excuse for committing the crime of libel. A crime is committed each time a fraudulent claim is published. It is time law enforcement focus on the REAL criminals in the war against the public by Big Media.