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  •  But it's not a free market (2+ / 0-)

    Okay, it's been a looong time since I took an undergrand class on this, but as I recall, the whole point of TV and radio regulation is that the broadcast market is NOT a free market.

    Basically, there is a limited amount of broadcast - waddyacall it? Bandwith?  Air space?  Whatever, there is only so much of it. Or only so much of it that consumers can acces for free, anyway.  Therefore, the government needs to regulate it, because it's a limited resource that can't really function as a free market.  (There used to be some "equal time" doctrine that Reagan got rid of that had to do with this too.)

    I don't remember the details, but I do recall very specifically my professor explaining that talking on the street corner or distributing printed matter was not regulated the same way because there is, in theory, enough street corners and enough ink and paper for everyone to "compete" in a free market of ideas, but broadcast is somehow different because there is only so much airspace to go around.

    Someone who knows more, please jump in.

    It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand.

    by ChaosMouse on Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 09:32:38 AM PST

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