2007 Dec 18  News Voice Consolidated by FCC  Dissent 1  Dissent 2

2007 Nov 2  report by Bill Moyers  alerts us to the renewed effort by the 5-member FCC Board of Commissioners, with 2 dissenting, to allow even further consolidation of ownership of media, including print and broadcast, after citizens successfully shouted down the last attempt in 2003.  Six companies control most of what we see via citizen-serving, but government-regulating, communications using our public air.

A hearing is scheduled, for 10a.m. EST Thursday 2007 Nov 8, hopefully expanding the citizen influence beyond 3 (obviously inconsiderate) FCC Board Commissioners.  You may want to speak now or forever be reduced to complete impotency.

http://www.fcc.gov/ownership/

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-277869A1.pdf:

November 2, 2007

JOINT STATEMENT BY COMMISSIONERS COPPS AND ADELSTEIN ON

SEATTLE MEDIA OWNERSHIP HEARING

A hearing with only five days notice is no nirvana for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

This smells like mean spirit. Clearly, the rush is on to push media consolidation to a quick and

ill-considered vote. It shows there is a preordained outcome. Pressure from the public and their

elected representatives is ignored. With such short notice, many people will be shut out. We

received notice of the hearing just moments before it was announced. This is outrageous and not

how important media policy should be made.