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Old February 14 2013, 03:59 AM   #16
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Re: Comcast buys all of NBC - 30 Rockefeller Plaza will have Comcast l

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The FCC's been asleep at the wheel for years. Media consolidation? Meh. Who cares?
The FCC can't enforce a law that hasn't existed since 1996.
Really?
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Old February 14 2013, 04:20 AM   #17
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Re: Comcast buys all of NBC - 30 Rockefeller Plaza will have Comcast l

Yes "really". The Telecommunications Act of 1996 stripped pretty much every monopoly and duopoly regulation. Before a company couldn't own more than a radio station, TV station, and newspaper in a media market. It's the law that allows for a Clear Channel to own over 800 radio stations (down a bit from it's peak of 1200 a decade ago). It lets CBS own 5 radio station and a TV station in some markets.

What Moyers is talking about is a further relaxing of the rules.
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Old February 14 2013, 05:26 AM   #18
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So clearly at least some of the rules still exist. Otherwise there would be nothing to relax now.
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Old February 14 2013, 07:30 AM   #19
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It's been this way in Canada for years. Nearly every big network in Canada is owned by one of the big Cable companies.
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So clearly at least some of the rules still exist. Otherwise there would be nothing to relax now.
Yes, and I never said "no rules exist", just that the media consolidation rules don't apply here.
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