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Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
11/27/2017 | 7:24:15 PM
Re: Tech evolution & complaining to the right people
Fully agree. I started in newspapers and it was always important to have both (or more) sides represented. Though we've come a long way from three networks, the concentration of media should always be a concern.
KBode
KBode
11/27/2017 | 7:20:53 PM
Re: Tech evolution & complaining to the right people
The FCC is currently gutting rules specifically to make life easier on Sinclair.

And again, the current Trump/Pai plan is to largely gut FCC authority, then shovel any remaining consumer protection to an FTC that can't make rules and is so over-extended most telecom issues will get lost in the wash (the entire point).

Anybody that thinks the one/two punch of apathetic regulators and no competition ends well for consumers or small businesses needs a history lesson, frankly. We're treading down a very dangerous path here.
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
11/24/2017 | 11:11:35 AM
Re: Tech evolution & complaining to the right people
As you note, there are plenty of technological advancements, but even so, people do tend to default for a couple of sources for their news, be it favorite online sites, TV or newspapers (there are still a few of us who like turning physical pages). 

So the FCC can still have some power -- if it chooses to -- and block mergers when it means too much concentration in a market, like Sinclair/Tribune. Fewer editorial voices hurts all of us.
KBode
KBode
11/22/2017 | 7:39:58 PM
Re: Tech evolution & complaining to the right people
"The FCC's role in consumer protection has become largely voided by technological advancement."

How so? There's total market failure in many areas, and the FTC's rule-making authority is limited. These rules provided some basic rules of the road in the wake of obvious bipartisan apathy to a broken broadband market. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
11/21/2017 | 2:28:41 PM
Tech evolution & complaining to the right people
The irony is resolved by the fact that we're talking about different agencies.

The FCC's role in consumer protection has become largely voided by technological advancement. The telegraph is dead, few people still get their news from physical dead-tree newspapers, and spectrum is no longer as limited a commodity as it once was. Antitrust considerations (which are inherently fluid; what Microsoft got beaten down for years ago is routine business practice today) are far different today than they once were.

Judging by his words (including his recent op-eds) and his actions, Pai's consequent philosophy seems to be that, because of these technological changes that have made the Internet an intrinsic part of our lives, the FCC should not overlap so much with the FTC on consumer-protection issues where Congress has expressly failed to legislate.

And from the perspective of democracy, it's hard to see where this philosophy is wrong jurisprudentially (even if one is politically in favor of government oversight to assure net neutrality). Protesters who are afraid of not being able to internet anymore are probably screaming at the wrong government officials. They'd be better off writing or calling their Congresspeople. Legislation is always more powerful than regulation. And, more pragmatically besides, enacting new law in this area is more realistic in the current political environment than promulgating new regulations is.



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