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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:39 AM
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Major Defeat!! For Martin As FCC Scales Back His Cable Proposal
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 07:43 AM by babylonsister
FCC Wants More Data for Cable TV Report

DIBYA SARKAR | November 28, 2007 12:20 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON The country's top communications regulator suffered a major defeat Tuesday night when fellow members of the Federal Communications Commission scuttled his effort to expand government control over cable programming.

A recent FCC report promoted by Kevin Martin, the agency's chairman, found that cable TV reaches a wide enough U.S. audience to trigger a rule within a 1984 law that would give the government significant new powers to ensure program diversity.

But a majority of the agency's five-member commission said the report endorsed flawed data and should have used other sources. Some said they weren't even aware of the agency's own numbers until Monday night.

"Our job of ascertaining the facts is made more difficult because the draft cherry picked the only data that justified the outcome apparently desired while suppressing other data," Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20071128/fcc-c...
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:47 AM
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1. good
In a true and just America Kevin Martin would be out on his ass and Michael Kopps would be the head of the FCC.
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poverlay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:12 AM
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3. Not to sound bitter, but "a true and just America" is about as real, close and easily
accessible as the Andromeda galaxy.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:59 AM
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2. CUE THE VONAGE THEME!
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 08:01 AM by rocknation
And seeing as how I encouraged people to comment at their web site on MY web site, I REALLY feel like I helped!

:woohoo:
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