The FCC is determined to pursue a corporate financed gag order on free speech!
Even though there has been extensive opposition at crowded public hearings, as well as opposition from public interest groups spanning the the political spectrum FCC
commission whores plan to make it easier for corporations to restrict free speech
by gaining even more control over the media.The five commissioners include:
Kevin J. Martin, Chair
Republican North Carolina Michael J. Copps
Democrat Wisconsin Jonathan S. Adelstein
Democrat South Dakota Deborah Taylor Tate
Republican Tennessee Robert M. McDowell
At public hearings across the nation, the citizenry have been resoundingly clear that we are opposed to making it easier for corporations to control both print and telecommunications media. Bushco Lap Dog Martin Chairman has completely ignored the Peoples' Voice on this matter.
So indifferent is Martin to public opinion that he wrote, and submitted, an op-ed essay to the New York Times advocating giving corporate titans what they want. The essay was turned over to the New York Times even before that last of the public hearings, in Seattle, last week, were even held [though he says he can't remember this].
Chairman Martin is under investigation for a lack of transparency in FCC proceedings as well as an abuse of his power in relation to cable industry regulations. He has also been accused of keeping his fellow commissioners in the dark in an attempt to push through policy. John Dingell (D) of the House Commerce Committee commented that this, his cable industry proceedings, as well as an attempt to relax the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership ban "lead to larger concerns as to the inclination and ability of the commission to perform its core mission: the implementation of federal law to serve the public interest
A faithful lap dog to the Bushco Regime, Martin has also served as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. He has also served as the Deputy General Counsel to Bush-Cheney 2000, on the Bush-Cheney recount team in Florida, and on the Presidential Transition Team in 2000.
You can call the Federal Communications Commission [445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554] weekday business hours by a toll free number 1-888-CALL-FCC to express your concerns about this hijacking of American Citizens' interests. But don't try calling after hours, they only offer phone menu options to corporate applicants, the new media and others. There is no access for the ordinary citizen.The FCC has an e-mail address E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and a fax number 1-866-418-0232, where you can express your concerns. But do it quickly. Chairman Martin plans on rendering a decision in favor of the corporate titans this week.
Or contact your senator or congressional representative via Congress.org
, EFF's Congressional contact sheet
. In general, it is usually better to CALL
rather than write [takes too long to receive it] or e-mail a Congressperson [many don't take e-mail seriously].
Labels: censorship, corporate control, economic treason, freedom of speech, gag orders, government accountability, propaganda