Sunday, June 01, 2003

On Tomorrow's FCC Decision

Opposition to the FCC's proposed changes to rules regarding media ownership has nothing to do with the government controlling content. It is about concerns that content will be restricted and monopolized by allowing fewer media owners.

Focus on the essential. Why are we changing the rules now? Who is publicly and actively championing this? Noone but those whose self-interest is furthered by the proposed changes.

There is no compelling reason to change the rules right now. We have great dynamism in media and the number of options to turn to, and this has evolved while the current rules are in place. So what is broken? Why is this rules change necessary? Right now, without full public debate?

It's not, and that's what missing in all of this. As everyone gets caught up in the philosophical debates, sight is lost of who is "framing" this issue, pushing it, and why. Until someone extends a good reason as to why we need to do this, and tomorrow, then we shouldn't do it. Period.

Again, this is radical behavior disguised as classic conservatism. It is false. There is no need for the FCC to take action. Drastic changes in policies and rules should be forwarded to Congress, for full and engaged public consideration.