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Let’s take our airwaves back from the advertisers

Posted: April 28, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I’ve always heard that the airwaves belong to the people.

Well, I’m a “people,” and I’d like to make some changes in how it’s being used by the people who are supposed to be controlling it.

They should not let it be used for three minutes of commercials for seven minutes of programming, and they should not let it be used for three hours of viewing a movie that runs for one hour and 30 minutes.

We, the people, should take our airwaves back. I know who has them. It’s the FCC, The Federal Communications Commission, the five people appointed by the president, with the approval of Congress, to do just about anything with our airwaves.

We should demand that they do a better job for us.

I heard about the FCC a great many years ago when I was in college, and I remember clearly that the commission is very powerful.

It can tell stations how many minutes of commercial time to allow per hour of programming, and if the stations do not comply, the commission could revoke their licenses.

Years ago, the FCC was doing a pretty good job for us, the people. However, over the years the stations have been allowed to do whatever they want, and it is us, all of us, “the people,” who suffer.

I wanted to find out what happened, when things changed and why. I went to the internet, clicked on Google, and instantly had information — mountains of information.

Did you know that the FCC was involved this morning when you automatically opened your garage door? When airwaves are involved, so is the FCC.

Yes, there are five people on the commission, and they are in charge,but there are a multitude of departments and thousands of employees. 

Try as I may, I could not find out when and why things changed and why we, the people, we viewers, are now not getting a fair shake.

Is there a way for us to have better control of our airwaves? Do they still belong to us?

Perhaps there’s a Signal reader out there who has the answer. I hope so. For the sake of the hundreds; no, thousands; perhaps millions of people who feel the same way I feel — I await that answer.

Richard Myers is a Valencia resident.


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