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To what extent is government intervention in media constitutional -- especially now that we have the Internet, where there's no shortage of ink or newsprint? Is regulating media consistent with the Commission's notion of having an "open Internet," in which everyone's voice can compete?

By the way: here in Wyoming (as in several other states), state law mandates that government chooss a "newspaper of record" in each city for public notices. According to the now-antiquated law, it must be an ink-and-paper newspaper, and due to the limited population and limited available revenue (the revenue from the public notices is what gets the paper printed on some days) the result is to enshrine that one newspaper as a monopoly. Whatever bias the owners of that one paper display, whatever they choose to print or not, has a profound influence -- too much. This is an example of government action that creates media concentration rather than preventing it. Should such laws be allowed, or should they be voided to avoid government-created media concentration?

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