Arguments for à la Carte
5:25 PM -- Did you know the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is still accepting comments on Docket 04-207? The document poses the question: Should cable and satellite TV providers be required to offer programming to consumers on an à la carte or themed-tier basis?
The comments period ended in 2004, but the gate is still open and the public is still commenting. So far this month, the public has given the FCC quite a lot to think about regarding the issue of à la carte programming. Here's a sample for your consideration:
* Choosing what channels we pay for can give us "the wonderful opportunity to have television programs in languages other than English and this could make us better citizens of the world. This could also help American children learn languages."
* "I am KING of the United States I am EMPEROR of the United States I am SUPREME AUTHORITY who becomes SUPREME JUDGE which means Chief JUSTICE of the United States and Head of JUDGES OF AMERICA, and off course, life time president or mean in French President Avis."
* "We have had our channels terminated by Time Warner Cable twice, lately. They replace them with stations that are useless to us. They do this ON YOUR orders. Why do you do this?"
* "In a state of emergency economy it would provide with great options for consumers who are unable to afford cable. It would allow families to purchase family friendly program at their will and pick and choose which."
After considering the above, I've no doubt the FCC is better prepared to serve the public's interest and -- who knows? -- maybe help some American children (or adults) learn languages.
— Phil Harvey, EMPEROR-in-Chief, Light Reading