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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Cable? What cable?

I personally haven't had cable for eons and recommend that you just cancel your cable if you don't like what the cable companies are doing, but My friend Andy over at www.commonsensetv.org has some other recommendations just in case you can't imagine living without your MTV. Just keeping you informed in case you want to get involved.

Cable companies are already too big, too greedy and too focused on their bottom lines to care whether theAmerican public gets the diversity of programming and information it needs to participate in public life. We need to send a strong message to the FCC today and let them know that they should not allow cable companies to get any larger. We need the FCC to uphold the current rules that ensure a cable company cannot own more than 30 percent of the nationwide marketshare. Email the FCC today by clicking on the following link:http://www.commoncause.org/ShakeuptheFCC We need to contact the FCC and urge them to maintain the current regulationon giant cable companies for two important reasons. First, cable companies have been abusing their monopoly status(http://www.consumersunion.org/pub/core_telecom_and_utilities/000853.html)by raising rates at three times the rate of inflation. They have beenraking in billions by forcing customers to pay for channels they do notwant, and by controlling what viewers see, discriminating againstindependent programmers and new networks. Second, the FCC also needs toreign in these giant cable companies to make sure cable executives are notsuppressing a particular political point of view, or that they are nottargeting all of their programming to just one demographic, catering toadvertisers' demands. These types of abuses often take place because cablecompanies are permitted to own both the program content and the sole meansof distribution in the market areas they dominate. They essentially act as gatekeepers in terms of what programs get on the air.

Contact the FCC today and encourage everyone you know to join us in urging the FCC to keep their leash on the cable giants:http://www.commoncause.org/ForwardFCCAction

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