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    FCC Clears Way For Big TV Mergers, Eases Broadband Price Limits

    The Federal Communications Commission On Thursday Accelerated Its Deregulation Push Under Republican Control, Voting To Ease Limits On Broadcast TV Ownership And Prices That Large Telecom Companies Can Charge Businesses And Governments For Bulk Broadband Services.

     

    April 20th, 2017 – Jim Puzzanghera, LA Times


    Revisions to how the agency calculates the audience reached by broadcasters would clear the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. to purchase Tribune Media Co., which owns KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles and 41 other stations. Thursday’s changes, advocated by the agency’s new chairman, Ajit Pai, and approved on party-line votes, reverse initiatives the FCC pursued under Democratic leadership during the Obama administration. Consumer groups and some lawmakers warned that the deregulation steps would trigger more media consolidation and higher prices for consumers.

    The moves came as Pai is expected to soon try to roll back the controversial net neutrality rules for online traffic that were pushed through by former chairman Tom Wheeler. A small group of protesters disrupted the meeting briefly, singing a song indicating they would fight any attempt to water down those rules, which are designed to ensure the free flow of Internet content. The FCC’s sole Democrat, Mignon Clyburn, said it was “abhorrent that the policy goal is deregulation at all costs.” She opposed both regulatory changes Thursday.

    Pai said he was “not acting from ideological zeal” but just trying to promote more competition. “The overall approach is pretty simple — it’s not to deregulate or over-regulate,” Pai told reporters after the meeting. Sinclair and Tribune Media are two of the largest owners of broadcast stations. Their reported desire to combine would create a company whose total audience would have exceeded a statutory cap under the FCC’s former rules that limit reach to 39% of the nation’s television households.

    Tribune Media was formerly Tribune Co., which owned The Times before spinning off its newspapers into a separate company in 2014. The FCC on Thursday reinstated the so-called UHF discount, which allows stations broadcasting on those higher-frequency airwaves — channels 14 to 83 — to count only half of their audience against the cap.

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    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fi-fcc-deregulation-20170420-story.html

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  • snot (884 posts)
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    1. THIS is the sort of thing that should have our hair on fire.

    Nothing is inevitable, except defeat for those who give up without a fight.  —"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1961), script by Irwin Allen & Charles Bennett. https://www.battleforthenet.com/images/change_avatar/avatar-white-red.gif
  • Gryneos (1522 posts)
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    2. Why are they still using this stupid refrain: "promote more competition"?

    Don’t they realize people understand that means exactly the opposite?

    Or is that corp-speak for: “We know you know, but we’re still not going to come right out and say it.”

    "You! Cake or death?" "Uh, cake for me, too, please." "Very well! Give him cake, too! We're gonna run out of cake at this rate. You! Cake or death?" "Uh, death, please. No, cake! Cake! Cake, sorry. Sorry..." "You said death first, uh-uh, death first!" "Well, I meant cake!" "Oh, all right. You're lucky I'm Church of England!" Eddie Izzard, Dress To Kill
    • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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      4. +++ for Orwell

  • duckpin (3547 posts)
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    3. If you think tv is bad now, just wait. Pull The Plug!

    "The justness of individual land right is  not justifiable to those to whom the land by right of first claim collectively belonged "
    • Satan (2295 posts)
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      6. That's not the real problem actually.

      It’s more troubling that the Internet will soon be as BAD as cable TV is now, if not worse.

      What the HELL are you supposed to do when cord-cutting isn’t a viable way to filter out the dragonshit anymore?

      Fuck Kamala Harris. Fuck Borey Crooker. Fuck Joy Reid. And FUCK Hillary Clinton & her husband for destroying the Demoncratic Party.
      • duckpin (3547 posts)
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        7. I agree with the point you make

        "The justness of individual land right is  not justifiable to those to whom the land by right of first claim collectively belonged "
      • Gryneos (1522 posts)
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        9. I always find it odd how after people state they have

        “cut the cord” or “tossed out the TV” that they continue to watch DVDs, streaming, and other video sources.

        Just because a dedicated TV set is gone doesn’t mean people aren’t still “watching TV” on their computer monitors, tablets, phablets, and phones. The activity remains the same. People just love to split hairs, I guess.

        "You! Cake or death?" "Uh, cake for me, too, please." "Very well! Give him cake, too! We're gonna run out of cake at this rate. You! Cake or death?" "Uh, death, please. No, cake! Cake! Cake, sorry. Sorry..." "You said death first, uh-uh, death first!" "Well, I meant cake!" "Oh, all right. You're lucky I'm Church of England!" Eddie Izzard, Dress To Kill
        • Satan (2295 posts)
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          10. Well, I don't have any hairs to split.

          For me, it’s more than anything a conscious choice to avoid propaganda ads from the big pharma & big energy industries, which seem to make up the bulk of TV advertising these days. Except during election season, when they share time with the political propaganda ads.

          On the occasion where I watch a live sporting event, I usually try to find a stream that originates in Canada or the UK, because they don’t run these ads. Not to mention the streams seem to usually be of higher quality in origin, which really speaks volumes about how the US media companies value their own audiences.

          As far as the quality programming goes, Netflix probably has more actual TV series airing than any one broadcast or cable network. And by actual TV series, I mean something where professional actors are doing something scripted, hopefully by talented writers. Not this dragonshit reality crap which has not only destroyed conventional television like a cancer, but has now metastasized into the White House.

          Fuck Kamala Harris. Fuck Borey Crooker. Fuck Joy Reid. And FUCK Hillary Clinton & her husband for destroying the Demoncratic Party.
          • Gryneos (1522 posts)
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            11. I only meant that the act of watching any entertainment on any form of video

            is still watching TV. The actual TV set may be gone, but unless you’re getting your entertainment from books, theaters, radio, or live venues, it remains tele-vision. Just an observation I have for all who state that they’ve gotten rid of the TV, and yet continue to watch entertainment over some form of broadcast/streamed/recorded video-medium.

            That’s cool you’re able to get stuff from out of the country for in-country events. If I had any kind of streaming capability here (No-can-do! Sincerely, Your Cheap Landlord) I’d certainly be getting Netflix and probably Amazon, and getting rid of Dish. The only issue is then no longer getting TCM, because they only stream if you have a satellite subscription of some kind.

            "You! Cake or death?" "Uh, cake for me, too, please." "Very well! Give him cake, too! We're gonna run out of cake at this rate. You! Cake or death?" "Uh, death, please. No, cake! Cake! Cake, sorry. Sorry..." "You said death first, uh-uh, death first!" "Well, I meant cake!" "Oh, all right. You're lucky I'm Church of England!" Eddie Izzard, Dress To Kill
  • Green Dog Dem (3276 posts)
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    5. Sinclair is the equivalent of reich-wing state media.

    And as for this “UHF discount” nonsense, since the digital transition, most stations have been UHF. If anything, there should be a VHF discount. 

    Aloha! KamaAina in the hale (house).
  • Blue Meany (382 posts)
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    8. Yes, it really is quite simple: there are two ways to keep prices down

    1)  Emforce anti-trust laws to break-up monopolies and encourage competition.  This is the traditional conservative approach.

    2)  Regulate prices.   This is the traditional liberal approach.

    The new conservative model is to de-regulate, encourage monopolies, ensure that the consolidated media will spout  right-wing propaganda about how this will lower prices, and de-fund education so that no one is competent to figure out what they are doing on their own.