Political Shift in Congress May Mean Delays in FCC Issues

With Tuesday's elections giving the U.S. Congress a Democratic bent from its previous slant to the Republican side, that means the shift will probably end the prospects for passage of a telecom reform bill.

The bill would give broader wireless federal pre-emption and would shift more regulative issues to the FCC and states. With the AT&T and Bellsouth merger approval being deadlocked in a 2-2 vote at this time, I'm not sure how the recent election results will affect the vote in the FCC if at all, but we'll all see soon.

News source: The Wireless Report

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In Canada, it's not even illegal to share files. We have this thing up here called 'precedent,' so our courts actually followed the ruling in Sony v. BetaMax (well, it's Canadian equivalent). Also, with a drastically more restrictive lobbying structure, our government hasn't passed any laws giving all the power to the record and movie labels.

Quote - Tom275 said @ #2
In Canada, it's not even illegal to share files. We have this thing up here called 'precedent,' so our courts actually followed the ruling in Sony v. BetaMax (well, it's Canadian equivalent). Also, with a drastically more restrictive lobbying structure, our government hasn't passed any laws giving all the power to the record and movie labels.

And how does this relate to the story?

I hope the Democrats (AKA "The Terrorists") bomb Time Warner off the face of the Earth.

Time Warner = monopolist crooks.

If there was a choice of providers I wouldn't care, but there isn't. The FCC let these crooks take over our neighborhoods and now they charge unrealistic prices for their service. Then they wonder why people pirate movies and TV shows? Who the hell can afford $90/month just for TV? Go to hell FCC and all you Republican cable crooks!

Republicans? Time Warner? What?

Democrats won't bomb those monopolist crooks, Time Warner, off the face of the earth. Democrats have long had symbiotic ties to Time Warner; some of their biggest donators are or were at the highest echelons of the Time Warner company...Ted Turner first and foremost. Under Democrat rule, the company will only grow larger, uninhibited by the party they own.

Be careful that you don't make the mistake of believing that a party is infallible and pure as the wind-driven snow just because they happen to be the one you like. The "us vs. them" stuff is getting outdated, and parties aren't so black and white anymore.

Quote - toadeater said @ #1
If there was a choice of providers I wouldn't care, but there isn't. $90/month just for TV? Go to hell FCC and all you Republican cable crooks!


you do have a choice, its called dish and directtv, and various choices for dsl since i know dish and directtv rape you for their internet access

Quote - badazzEVO8 said @ #1.2


you do have a choice, its called dish and directtv, and various choices for dsl since i know dish and directtv rape you for their internet access

How is that a choice when they charge the same prices? And you still have to get broadband on top of that.

And yes, TW and the FCC are both heavily Republican. The Republicans are the ones who let these cable monopolies get the undisputed control of the market they have now, and they own stock in them. This all leads directly into the net neutrality issue and there we once again see the usual suspects who oppose it and want to extend their media monopolies to the internet as well.

I hope "the terrorists" (AKA the Democrats) do something about this massive corruption.