Press release: Udall talks about calling on FCC to expand telephone services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today talked with radio reporters on topics including the progress of a measure to extend unemployment insurance benefits to out of work New Mexicans, the need for a “Do it all, Do it right” energy plan, and a letter he wrote to the chairman of the Federal Communications [...]

Editorial: Court ruling could negate need for FCC

In ruling that the Federal Communications Commission was justified in changing its policy toward what are delicately referred to as “fleeting expletives” — words considered indecent or profane uttered once or twice during live broadcasts rather than as part of a prewritten script — the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the First Amendment issue that could, [...]

FCC regulation would limit cable choices

By Freedom New Mexico Perhaps it’s not all that surprising. Any government agency set up with a mission to regulate some aspect of commercial life develops an institutional imperative to regulate ever more aspects. So the Federal Communications Commission, which was barred by law in 1984 from regulating cable television — to give the industry [...]

Television stations shouldn’t live in fear of FCC

By Freedom New Mexico Who knew? Turns out World War II was the profanity-free war. It resulted in tens of millions of deaths worldwide but not a single bad word was uttered. Of course, that’s not really the case. But one might get that impression from watching “The War,” an otherwise riveting, 15-hour documentary from [...]

FCC regulation of airwaves unconstitutional

By Freedom Newspapers The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has correctly rebuked the Federal Communications Commission for arbitrarily changing its policy regarding the somewhat arcane topic of “fleeting expletives” on broadcast radio and television. The court did not believe it had to reach the underlying issue of the government’s power (or [...]

Radio waves hide unknown announcer

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Inspired partly by Tom Petty’s “Last DJ,” and partly by a lonely stretch of late night radio reception, somewhere northeast of Amarillo, this piece is entirely fiction. Or, maybe not. I can’t tell you where I am. Not exactly, or even within a close proximity. The FCC has been tracking [...]

Jackson’s breast bearing leads to FCC power grab

Editorial Whether it was an innocent wardrobe malfunction or a preplanned stunt, the infamous baring of Janet Jackson’s breast at the Super Bowl in January must make members of the Federal Communications Commission quietly give thanks from time to time. The incident has given the agency virtually free rein to impose the kind of censorship [...]

Extreme reaction to halftime stunt hampering rights

Americans are now in the midst of the real aftermath of the unfortunate breast-baring during halftime at the Super Bowl: the political pandering that leads to ever-more-intrusive restrictions on liberties. The framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights tried to protect us from this, but the attitude of most modern politicians toward the First [...]

Media monoplies no longer a threat

The liberty to produce and distribute information is essential to a free society. That’s why we favor reducing the regulations that govern the telecommunications industry, including the relaxation of rules limiting media ownership that the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote on June 2. “The FCC is considering allowing a single company to own [...]