said by DC DSL:
Break up the megaliths like Comcast/NBC/Universal, Viacom, Clear Channel, and News Corp. Restore the previous limitations on market and national ownership. Not only will competition flourish, the quality of product will dramatically improve, since it won't be a single, captive audience from coast-to-coast.
Independent newspapers and TV stations can no longer exist because of the costs involved.
Newspapers not owned by some large national corporation are nothing but ad platforms spewing the AP Newswire and pages of ads. None can afford locally paid reporters on their own.
The days of local TV stations with their investigative reporters are long gone and not coming back.
Changing FCC rules can't reverse the grim economics of the situation.--
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.