Craig Birkmaier wrote: > One could argue that the networks no longer yield enough power to > distort the broadcast marketplace, especially now that most consumers > have moved to subscription services. Of course, Craig. That's the whole point. And it goes even further. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. If the argument for MVPDs was that there's plenty of competition from other sources of news and info, i.e. the Internet, then that excuse applies doubly to OTA station ownership. Where I live, for example, the cable companies operating in my county and neighboring ones are only TWO: Compcast or Cox. And worse than that, each cable household can only connect to one of them. Compare this with OTA households. Even if a TV network (or other company, such as Sinclair) is allowed to cover 100 percent of the nation with its OTA signals, local ownership caps, already in place, prevent that company from having anything approaching the monopoly of MVPDs. They cannot ever be the only OTA pipe into homes, like cable and DBS almost always are. I think the FCC is right in granting leniency to cable ownership caps, given the plethora of options out there today, from DBS, from the Internet, from cell phone companies, etc. SAME APPLIES TO OTA, though, and then some. > But you do not see the media conglomerates lobbying for increasing > the caps as they view OTA as a mature technology that is going away. Even more reason why there's no longer any excuse for national ownership caps. Besides which, one of the reasons why certain conglomerates lose interest in their OTA pipe is that they cannot control it enough to make it worth their while. Wasn't it Viacom that complained about this? They don't control the makeup of the multicasts, nationwide, enough to make a compelling nationwide package. Here's what I truly do believe, and why I find your arguments so contradictory. This quote is from the article you posted: http://www.tvnewscheck.com/articles/2009/08/28/daily.5/?page=1 "[...] Although they may not admit it, the FCC and FTC efforts may spring from the guilt liberal Democrats must feel for perpetuating ownership restrictions that have hobbled newspapers and broadcasters in their ability to respond to marketplace pressures. The Dems might feel kind of stupid, too, if the newspaper-broadcast crossownership ban outlives newspapers. [...]" Your comments on "saving broadcast jobs" and your support of ownership caps for OTA networks or other OTA companies are inconsistent, as far as I can tell, with all your other political beliefs. Also inconsistent with your approval for removing ownership caps from monopolistic umbillicals. The last part of the article warns broadcasters not to ask the FCC for special favors. I AGREE wholeheartedly. If the courts managed to understand and reverse the FCC ownership cap on cable systems, why would the courts not use that same logic for OTA companies? Michael Powell was entirely on the right track. The he was shouted down by mostly incoherent arguments. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.