My Bad, Says the FCC

In a post entitled “U.S. government admits it sort of blew it around radio” on the Radio Survivor blog, Matthew Lasar reports that the FCC has admitted that in its decisions in the 1920s and ’30s it didn’t do a very good job of regulating radio:

“Although commercial radio produced a Golden Age of programming in the late 1930s, the question remains whether the [government’s] decision to favor corporate-sponsored networks — rather than the multiplicity of diverse non-commercial stations — best served the public interest,” the FCC concedes in an review of its key decisions over seventy years.

It seems like maybe they should be taking another hard look at the past couple of decades, where FCC decisions have led to massive consolidation in radio, the enshrinement of a bogus monopoly technology, and a long slide in listenership. As Greg Smith comments:

October 2002 — “The Commissioners seemed completely unconcerned about the documented evidence illustrating potentially disastrous interference problems with IBOC technology. But the whopper came from the mouth of Michael Copps, who admitted with incredible candor he had no idea what the hell he was unleashing . . . Everybody involved pretty much admitted from the outset that the digital radio initiative is all about giving the broadcast industry more avenues to make money rather than actually improving radio from the perspective of the listener . . . You can watch and listen to the deed being done at our special report on the IBOC vote.”

Yea, and the FCC screwed us when they authorized the IBOC jamming machine.


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