Posts Tagged ‘fcc’

Copps’ 3-pronged approach to democratizing our media

September 6, 2008

FCC member Michael J. Copps, from his article in The Nation (April 7, 2008).


1) reinvigorate the license renewal process – return to requiring three-year renewals for broadcasters, adding “enforceable guidelines to encourage coverage of real local news, culture, and civic affairs.

2) revisit media ownership – revisit “bad old rules” that enabled media consolidation and helped “dismantle public-interest obligations” of traditional media.

“And, finally, let’s…

3) ensure that “the Internet remains free of the network consolidation and content control that wreaked such havoc on more traditional media.”

This last point seems to take into account ISPs (net neutrality), dominant Internet players like google, the media industry that stakes copyright claims on the web (film, tv, music, gaming, publishing, journalism), closed hardware or “appliancized” technologies ( Zittrain’s term), and complicit FCC regulators. A continuing issue involves spectrum allocation as access to the web becomes more dependent on wireless access from mobile technologies. And the specter of adserving may claim more and more user-generated spaces online. Other issues ensuring #3 involve access and media education.


the first to benefit from DTV – telecoms! will we be next?

March 19, 2008

Spectrum freed up from transition to digital broadcasting are now in hands of top two cell phone companies – AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless. Consolidation of the wireless market could improve wireless broadband services for next generation devices, and it could control the market, preventing competition for years to come.