Corporate Power/Consolidation

Don't believe the (DTV) hype

Summary:

The transition to digital was supposed to revolutionize free TV. So what’s with the high-def reruns?

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Obama weighs in on Arbitron

Revolving door undermines FCC's watchdog role

Timothy Lee, Techdirt

In previous installments of my series on network neutrality, I've pointed out that the end-to-end principle is not as fragile as a lot of people assume. Technological platforms have a kind of momentum that make them hard to change once they've become established, and so it's not at all obvious that major broadband providers have the ability to significantly change the Internet's architecture. In my view, this is one reason to be skeptical of making the FCC the nation's network neutrality cop.

Here's a good example of another reason for skepticism: Catherine Bohigian, chief of the office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis at the Federal Communications Commission, stepped down effective September 5. Her next job will be with cable giant Cablevision. According to the Washington Post, Bohigian has worked closely with chairman Kevin Martin throughout his tenure. And before her tour of duty at the FCC, Bohigian—like Martin—worked at Wiley, Rein & Fielding, a private law firm specializing in communications law. In other words, Bohigian first worked at a law firm that regularly appears before the FCC, then she became one of the key decision-makers at the FCC, and now she's going to be working for a company that regularly appears before the FCC. It's reasonable to assume that she'll be using her intimate knowledge of the regulatory process—and, perhaps, her close ties to other FCC staffers—to gain regulatory advantages for her employer.

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The $70 billion spectrum ripoff

Summary:

What do broadcasters really plan to do with the new channels? Air reruns and weather reports.

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Murdoch yearns to buy NY Times

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey