FREEDOM RECONSTRUCTION (1)
Richie Havens Freedom (Woodstock 69)
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: Repeal the 1996 telecommunications act, signed by Bill Clinton, and lobbied heavily in Congress. which gave the press (media) exclusion from consolodation and monopolization. Termed Media Oligopoly.
It not only allowed monopolization of Cable, Internet, and other Information services, but also monopolization Cable Service Providers, but monopolization in radio broadcasting.
The law was written in such a way to provide for “decency” in programming, that the Supreme Court ruled this section unconstitutional. Thus removing decent programming standards from Television, Cable, and the Internet.
The law in essense gave media free reign in consolidation and programming. Leading to media ownership from 50 to 5. The consolidation of Radio stations to 80% ownership by one corporation. The consolidation of Cell phone carriers from the three major corporations at the time to one Cell phone carrier.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996…enabled the handful of corporations dominating the airwaves to expand their power further. Mergers enabled tighter control of information…The Latin American writer Eduardo Galeano commented…”Never have so many been held incommunicado by so few.” (Wikopedia, Telecommunications Act)
by James Kirk-Wiggins, April 11, 2018
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