Discussion Questions (Media Democracy Fact Sheet)

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Kelley Owens JOU 3372 – Discussion Questions for Media Democracy Fact Sheet August 30 th , 2007 1. Why has the public affairs and local programming declined as the media companies have gotten bigger? 2. Why are new radio and TV licenses sold to the highest bidder, instead of being awarded for free like they were before the 1980’s? “Although broadcast licenses were already primarily in the hands of commercial corporations, this change to an auction system further reduced
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Unformatted text preview: opportunities for nonprofit or less-wealthy entities to obtain a license.” 3. What is going on? • “One bill would impose a nationwide ban on states or their subdivisions providing Internet service. The other bill would have the opposite effect, overruling the existing ban in 14 states, and allowing public Internet access programs to go forward throughout the country.”...
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