Cable Disputes Prove FCC Now Lacks Teeth

To gently paraphrase the letter on my desk from one of my favorite FCC commissioners: “About those retransmission regs? Yeah, they’re not working out the way we thought.” No kidding. The situation is reminiscent of when, in 1996, the Federal Communications Commission deregulated cable, saying it would decrease rates, and the industry responded by sending...
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It’s Time to Deliver a New Message

Something’s happened here, over time, and it simply doesn’t make any sense. Yet, it’s become reality and, like the weather, it impacts everybody. Perhaps the blame lies in what’s become Long Island’s favorite sport: political infighting. Or, maybe this whole thing was meant to alleviate a fear which simply spun out of control and promptly turned...
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CBS Welcome Addition to LI

It’s great news for you, yet no one’s telling you that story. What’s caught the media’s attention with the news of CBS taking over TV 55 is the number of jobs it impacts, the allocation of resources being made — and what name will appear on the sides ofthe news trucks. The real story? Long...
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Clement: Inside LI’s Cell Tower Debate

m4s0n501 As seen in Long Island Business News, March 16, 2012 How many cell towers does an island need? New cell tower construction always seems to be on an agenda around here. That makes sense given the Island’s notorious dead zones, coupled with the public’s insatiable appetite for wireless connectivity. Of course, if you’re looking...
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Talking points dulled by overuse

(As Appeared In Long Island Business News) – by  Jaci Clement Published: Nov. 23, 2011 When you come right down to it, does anybody really need talking points any longer? Perhaps the brilliance of Occupy Wall Street is simply its open platform: Everyone is free to assign their own beliefs to the movement and, in...
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Blame credibility for media’s demise

by Jaci Clement, Executive Director, Fair Media Council What if what’s ailing the news business has nothing to do with the Internet? A new study by the Pew Research Center for People & the Press shows public distrust of the news media has grown to an all-time high. Not only does 63 percent of the...
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FMC Calls for Cable Industry Regulation

For the third time, Cablevision customers have lost programming due to contract negotiations with television networks. The situation is unacceptable to the viewing public, and regulatory reform of the cable industry is necessary to ensure the public is no longer held hostage during business transactions. “It is clear it is time for the FCC to...
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