Copps: Maybe Broadcasters Deserve To Lose Their Spectrum
FCC commissioner also criticizes media coverage of ownership issues
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/3/2009 10:28:09 AM
He was referring to calls from wireless and computer companies, and an FCC outreach to broadcasters, to reclaim some, or even all, of their spectrum for wireless broadband.
Copps was delivering the opening statement at the FCC's second of three hearings this week teeing up its 2010 quadrennial review of media ownership rules. He echoed some of the criticisms he leveled Monday in kicking off the quadrennial review, which is mandated by Congress.
Copps complained that the first hearing Monday, which featured academics, was not well covered by the media. He said he did not see Tuesday's press galleries teeming either, and wondered what was more important in town.
He has criticized major media for under-covering the media ownership issue before.
Copps argues that consolidation has only been slowed by the tanking economy, whose problems he ascribed to the kind of policies he has been complaining about in media for years.
Copps laid into "financiers and see-no-evil regulators" who have made it harder for what he characterized as the thinning ranks of broadcasters still trying to serve the public interest. He said the FCC has been asleep at the switch when it wasn't actually being destructive.
The FCC has divided up the panels into academics, public interest groups, and industry, with broadcasters getting the chance to tell their side of the story Wednesday (Nov. 4).
Your disinformation attempts are hilarious, Anthony. Which TV station do you work for? "This government takeopver of the Free TV airwaves will occur unless broadcasters and Americans who get OTA free TV protest..." The Government took over ALL the "free airwaves" in 1912. Broadcasters don't own them and never did. Over-the-air TV is hardly free. You pay for it in time wasted in watching commercials, in costs added to products for TV ads, in the dumbification of our children, and in distraction from important trends, facts and news which might reduce broadcasters' profits by weakening audience captivity. America's "free TV" is a far greater threat to national survival than the Taliban.
Robert Horvitz - 11/5/2009 4:39:50 AM EST
There is a bigger problem here than OTA TV not doing a responsible job, it's the fact that if the spectrum is reallocated to some other delivery devices we will get the same irresponsible product; programming, journalism etc. delivered through another means. See the big picture people ...
Gregory Uhrin - 11/4/2009 7:43:35 AM EST
errr, i believe "that" spectrum belongs to the american people.
copps is not about to "take away" spectrum that ota is currently using. but the saying "use it or lose it" may well apply here.
steve - 11/3/2009 6:43:35 PM EST
No, he's got it backwards; the FCC deserves to lose Michael Copps. Don Quixotic forays to censor cable programming are the leading reason, but this foolishness will help. Maybe he should start a rulemaking to force all media to cover FCC proceedings in full, on the front page?
John Willkie - 11/3/2009 4:19:40 PM EST
Stories on the FCC taking away the broadcaster's spectrum away and thereby forcing those of us who still viewing over the air (and like it that way) into expensive cable and satellite services have been a news item here for over a week every day. This is alarming and another example of a government restricting the rights of Americans to choose whether they want to pay for TV or not. Americans were told last year to spend money on converter boxes, antennas, and other expensive electronic equipment to get digital TV, which promised us clear reception and more programming channels. Now the government wants to take it away from us and force us to get cable or satellite, with in many areas has little or no competition, and is another expense for Americans in the grips of a recession. And by ending OTA TV and forcing us to pay TV, we lose the ability to get the TV stations we want to receive, especially for those who now receive channels from adjacent TV markets (ex, Boston and Providence). This government takeopver of the Free TV airwaves will occur unless broadcasters and Americans who get OTA free TV protest in strong terms to the FCC against this takeover. Save OTA free TV!!
ANTHONY L GENZALE - 11/3/2009 12:35:29 PM EST
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