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Date: November 4, 2011

FCC Rules…Time for them to change

I posted the following on my facebook profile.  If you’ve experienced a blackout on a channel due to the stupid network non-duplication protection, pass the word around.  It is time to have the FCC change this rule.  It gives local station’s a monopoly.  It kills competition.  The rule is from FCC 76.122.  I’m trying to find it on the FCC website to post a link here.

Enough is enough. Bones didn’t record last night because WITI Fox 6 Milwaukee has exercised their right to network non-duplication protection. Per FCC rules, Time Warner cable is required to blackout the program. Tune to channel 6 or 1006 for FOX programming.
What about MY right to watch the show on whatever channel I want? How is this fair to consumers? I should be allowed to choose the channel – not a broadcaster! Who is with me to contact the FCC and have this rule changed? I pay for the channel out of Chicago, I want to WATCH the channel out of Chicago!

Further – if you live in the Milwaukee Area – BOYCOTT WITI FOX 6.  They don’t deserve our business, since they’re so scared of competition.

UPDATE:

Here are the names and email addresses of the five chairmen of the FCC.  Let’s load up their inboxes with complaints regarding network non-duplication protection.

Chairman Julius Genachowski: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

A few thoughts…

  • Fact: Lower taxes do not cause more jobs.
  • Fact: Only twice did lowering the tax rate cause revenues to go up – 1964 and 1981.
  • As long as they’re peaceful, the Occupy protesters have the right to protest.  It is part of the First Amendment of the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
  • Herman Cain’s tax plan will be bad for the economy.  It will encourage saving, but our economy is based on consumption.  If too many people save or just buy use, our economy will sink further.
  • President Bush didn’t cause the economic and financial crisis and neither did President Obama.
  • Despite what Alan Greenspan might think, liquidity isn’t the same as capital and just because a company has access to money doesn’t mean that they’re on good footing.
  • Easy credit (with the lowering of interest rates) contributed to the financial crisis.
  • Too little regulation and, in some cases, no regulation was one of the causes of the financial crisis.
  • The Republicans running for President do not understand that last statement.
  • Shortsightedness in reaching for short term profits is one of the factors that caused the financial crisis.

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