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Submission + - FCC to End Exclusive Cable for Apartments

spiffyman writes: "The New York Times is reporting (registration may be required) that on Wednesday the FCC will end exclusive contracts to provide cable service to apartment buildings. The article quotes Kevin J. Martin, the Commission's Chairman, as saying that cable prices have risen "about 93 percent in the last 10 years" and that the FCC hopes to see more competition out of this move. While more has yet to be done, this is a step in the right direction. In my apartment, for example, I have (dead) outlets for one cable company but am forced to go with the higher-priced firm. Moves like this will help those who live in areas where competition — even minimal competition — exists. The article also discusses the impact this may have on low- to middle-income families, which disproportionately live in apartment complexes."
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Submission + - GAO Report Says FCC Favors Lobbyists (

spiffyman writes: Wired news is running an AP story about the Government Accountability Office's latest report, which is a survey of recent FCC actions. According to the story, the GAO found that FCC staff regularly inform lobbyists of key events — such as upcoming votes — before the general public is informed. This apparently gives lobbyists "a window of opportunity for lobbyists who 'time their lobbying efforts to maximize their impact.'" Naturally, the FCC's director of media relations, David Fiske, insists that his agency "actively reaches out and works with consumer and public interest groups, not only industry." With important decisions always on the horizon, what effect does this have on the public's ability to weigh in with the agency?

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