CLOSED: What government policies could improve the news and information media?


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  1. Issue two different types of license. One for entertainment and one for news.

    Does broadcasting in the public interest mean providing consumers with information they want to see, or providing citizens with information they need to know? I suggest that two types of license should be issued. One type would be a commercial/entertainment license where broadcasters could operate pretty much as commercial broadcasting operates now. One possible new requirement would be to provided free air time for political candidates. The second type of license would be an information/news license. No commercial advertising would be allowed. The service would be supported by subscription and/or public and private financing. Strict limitations would be placed on…

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    • Split the airwaves 50/50 commercial and non-profit public owned financed by commercial license fees.

      In the San Francisco Bay Area we have the SF Chronicle which has reduced it's daily newspaper to a fraction of what it was in the 70's, has more advertising than news, and it's current news coverage is pro-corporate and anti-democratic, filtering out news that makes these entities look bad. My local paper in Oakland, the Tribune, is owned by a corporate chain that publishes 80% of the newspapers in the region. It publishes corporate clone news and is biased toward business interests, throwing locals an occassional bone of information. The local TV and Radio is likewise too much advertising…

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      • Government Needs to Stay out of our Newsrooms

        I've lived in multiple foreign countries where governments interfere with the media. Neither the FCC, nor any other part of the government should go anywhere near our news rooms. No help from the government is needed in determining critical information needs......stay the hell away from the media!

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        • Provide a list of mailing addresses for disputing cramming issues directly with telephone and internet providers.

          It doesn't do any good at all to dispute issues regarding cramming with ATT. They just ignore the complaints or pass them off to the third party. Then consumers are caught between two corporations who both tell the consumer conflicting information. We need a way to send a certified letter to a correct address.

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          • It would be best for the FCC (government) to get out of the way.

            The marketplace does quite well at deciding what it needs and desires. Americans are much wiser than bureaucrats think. There are examples of government influence in media around the globe. None of those are very good.

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              • Anti-Trust/Anti-Merger Laws

                In response to the continuing deterioration of the quality of news and information that is being relayed to the public through various forms of media, certain governmental policies must be put in place. The Federal Communications Commission should suspend all mergers and consolidations between media corporations indefinitely. The FCC should in fact completely reform its rules and regulations in regards to media ownership such that these corporations are forced to give back to the community. Right now, the owners of the media corporations have almost total control of the content of their news, oftentimes leading to biased news or infotainment.…

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                • Establish 10-Watt Low Power FM Broadcast Licences

                  Implement the FCC's existing rules that allow the establishment of 10-Watt Low Power FM radio broadcasting stations. These stations could be set up to provide local community service in inner-city neighborhoods. This would allow inner-city residents to build up their neighborhoods and communities.

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                    • Ban the use of emergency vehicle sirens on the radio.

                      Most radio listeners do so in their vehicle. It is imperative that we be able to identify real emergency vehicles by their siren. It is a public safety hazard when a radio commercial uses an emergency siren that confuses drivers from a real emergency vehicle.

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                      • Break up Comcast

                        This company and its cohorts have threatened the US state and in doing so demonstrate maximum contempt for the public. They are also blatently attempting to profit from sponsorship. Its is my person political opinion as a citizen that this firm is a menace to society, it needs to be come an example of why corporations don't actually have rights. In my opinion it represents a very serious threat to free speech.

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                          • Tom Wheeler should be fired.

                            He is a disgrace to internet freedom. Talking in contradictory circles, the man is a puppet for the telecommunications companies. He in no way has the consumers best interest in mind.

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                              • Allow unlicensed operation by anyone with up to 100 milliwatts of total output power on FM or AM.

                                Currently, FCC Part 15 says that you cannot radiate more than 250 microvolts per meter measured at a distance of 3 meters from the radiating antenna of an FM transmitter. This is very misleading, as most transmitters are rated in milliwatts or watts, not microvolts. People get busted over this all of the time because of these very vague rules.

                                It is time to stop the insanity and revise the part 15 rules to allow unlicensed broadcasting on either FM or AM with up to 100 milliwatts with restrictions of antenna size, type, and height, of course.

                                AM has farther…

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                                  • Regulate Wire Communications as is the FCC mission that is ignored.

                                    The Communications Act of 1934 established the FCC to REGULATE wire communications and this has not been done since US Courts christened them "the Internet" in 1996. The FCC should run a search engine and fine for inappropriate wire communications. See Eighth Circuit (11-2558) for the Brief

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                                    • Stop Allowing Cable Providers to Block Citizen Owned Networks

                                      Many people may not know this, but the Television Stations 2-13 belong to the citizens of the United States. Too often, Cable Providers block customer access to these channels over some dispute between the parties. If you are going to run a Cable TV Service Provider (Optimum, Time warner cable, FIOS, etc.) it is your responsibility to accomodate Channels 2-13 regardless of any disputes between the parties. If the only way to ensure this happens is to set a Federally Instituted rebroadcast fee, so be it, I doubt the Providers would agree. What we really need is the FCC to…

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                                      • Stop targeting me with user based advertisements. I never click, it's harassment!

                                        I am so sick of it. I can't stand it. I'm really angry. I NEVER click on these advertisements. I NEVER pay attention to then. So just stop advertising to me. It's pointless, and more like harassment and an invasion of privacy. Is it possible to opt out of the advertisement world completely, or at least online and digitially!? I can't take it anymore.

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                                        • Reclassify broadband and place it in the common carrier legal framework.

                                          This legal oversight is both necessary and desired. This would demonstrate that this organization isn't hostage to the will of special interests, and sets a precedent for how we conduct our society with regards to freedom of access and the leveling of the field for market competition.

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