When the FCC Came to Town


| March 21, 2003


If fear of corporate takeover has been keeping you up nights, Seattle writer and activist Geov Parrish?s report from a recent hearing on the Federal Communications Commission?s (FCC) proposal to further deregulate the broadcast industry will surely provide some relief. Parrish?s article, posted on the progressive Web site Workingforchange.com, tells the story of how FCC commissioner Michael Copps, the commission?s lone dissenter against the proposal, rallied for support and managed to score a public hearing as far from D.C. as possible. The battle between the need for media diversity and the need for commercial broadcasters to compete with other media technologies got several rounds in the ring and, according to Parrish, proponents of media diversity are winning. ?Media activists are the competition,? he writes. ?And what they?re producing is frequently better.?
-Heather Dewar

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