Rose Colombo (C) September 7, 2020- published award-winning poet, writer, author and media host – 1989-present
Public ownership of broadcast airwaves was established by legislation and jurisprudence during the twentieth century. The FCC has been endowed with the public’s trust to manage this publicly owned resource for the public good.
Up through the year 2000, Americans could plug in their television sets and turn it on and watch it through the taxpayer funded public airwaves such as Channel 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and public broadcasting station.
Hundreds of public-access television production facilities were launched in the 1970s after the Federal Communications Commission issued its Third Report and Order in 1972, which required all cable systems in the top 100 U.S. television markets to offer three access-channels, one each for public, educational, and local …W
- Media cross-ownership is the common ownership of multiple media sources by a single person … Discovery, Inc. Owns a number of major U.S. cable networks dedicated … on the authority of the FCC to regulate public airwaves in the United States, … Over 4,000 radio stations were bought out, and minority ownership of TV ..
The Communications Act. The FCC was created by Congress in the Communications Act for the purpose of “regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communications service . . . .” (In this context, the word “radio” covers both broadcast radio and television.) The Communications Act authorizes the Commission to “make such regulations not inconsistent with law as it may deem necessary to prevent interference between stations and to carry out the provisions of the Act.” It directs us to base our broadcast licensing decisions on whether those actions will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity.
The American people need to know the following answers which I’ve requested from the FCC many times over the years, but never received a response.
Since the American people own the public airwaves in the USA, then under which constitutional authority did they apply to sell the taxpayer funded airwaves to the CEOs of private cable television stations, without paying the general public for the use of those airwaves? Not only do Americans pay taxes for public airwaves they can’t access with a electric chord in their homes, but must pay cable company fees plus an additional tax charged to the consumer.
Which constitutional authority did the FCC apply to sell taxpayer funded airwaves to these private corporate television station’s CEO’s since they don’t own the taxpayer funded public airwaves because as stated the public airwaves belong to the American people?
Which constitutional authority did the FCC apply to turn public taxpayer funded airwaves into a for-profit private corporation for cable companies and not make every American citizen a stockholder on the stock market and ordered to pay royalties to the taxpayers?
Which constitutional authority did the FCC apply to allow Social Media to control Freedom of Speech since the FCC regulations state that they protect Freedom of Speech for every American without discriminating against anyone based on race, religion, genders or political policies, yet MSM and social media are drenched in political bias and ignoring and denying the opinions or facts by the opposing political party.
Which constitutional authority did the FCC apply to deny access to Americans who should be able to plug in the TV cord into the outlet on the wall and watch television for free since Americans taxpayer fund the public airwaves, but are required today to pay cable stations substantial payments in order to watch television to private corporate CEOs who hijacked the public taxpayer funded airwaves forever for-profit?
Does the FCC still collect taxes since they secretly sold the American taxpayer’s public airwaves to private corporations for-their profit and held Americans hostage by denying them free access to watch television which is similar to placing an imaginary gun to every American’s head and saying pay up or else – or else you can’t watch television in your home.
Why is the FCC collecting taxpayer funding for public airwaves which is like double taxation because the public airwaves have been taken hostage by the FCC and private cable corporations so why are Americans paying taxes for a consumer product that they can’t access or use which is considered “free” to watch television, but in reality wasn’t free because Americans paid for the use of public airwaves with their taxes?
Since Americans are forced to be enslaved by the cable corporations if they want to watch television in their homes then shouldn’t the taxes be eliminated for public airwaves and shouldn’t the taxpayer be Reimbursed – Refunded – for all the taxes they paid into the public airwaves after the FCC allowed the private cable corporation CEOs and Board Members and investors to hijack the public airwaves that belong to the American citizens and taxpayers?
I think this is a serious problem. The FCC allowed the private corporations to hijack the taxpayer funded public airwaves without their consent or knowledge until it was too late.s At that point, the public was shocked and felt they didn’t have a choice. After all, it appears that those working within the FCC at the time as well as in the Congress and Senators failed to prohibit the hijacking of America’s public airwaves; however the FCC continued to collect taxpayer money for a consumer product that the American people could no longer use without the permission of Wall Street’s cable corporations. It appears that the CEO’s of cable corporations conspired to hold every American family and their public airwaves as well as their television sets hostage unless the Americans agreed to pay up or else no television, even though Americans were paying taxes, to protect the public airwaves from being hijacked by Wall Street and the FCC.
Shouldn’t the American people seek out constitutional lawyers to investigate this serious matter of being held hostage by private cable corporations who quietly and in cooperation with the FCC agreed to the takeover of the public airwaves by the cable corporations? Of course, the majority of Americans were informed about this cable corporation’s hijacking of basic television stations by forcing Americans to pay for cable or else basic television was denied as well. Ask yourself, why can’t we plug in our Television sets into an outlet in the wall as we did in the past and watch public television stations without being forced to sign up and pay up with wealthy private cable corporations making them wealthy off the public airwaves the American people own?
Rose Colombo is a long-time advocate and activist for justice. She’s written 2 award-winning books with 5 Star Reviews, “Fight Back Legal Abuse” and “Obamacare, Dinosaurs, Rednecks and Radicals,” political satire and short orwellian fictional adventure story on the Redistribution of Wealth and depopulation of the planet.
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