Mario Burgos

Clear thinking and straight talk from the top of a mountain.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

FCC is Way off Base

What is this guy thinking:

Chairman Kevin Martin, reversing a course set by predecessor Michael Powell, told lawmakers on Tuesday that cable subscribers could benefit if given the option to pick individual channels instead of being forced to sign up for predesigned programming packages. Another option would be the creation of "family- friendly" packages....

No one forces consumers to buy anything. If you don't like what is being offered, you don't buy it. What's next? Are we going to start telling restaurants that they must all sell ala carte meals? Are we going to require Costco to break up bulk packages?

The government does not need to get involved in this issue. The market will take care of itself. As it is the cable providers continue to lose market share. "The dish" programmers can pick this up as a competitive edge if it is a viable market segment. Same is true for the telecoms.

Again, I say, "Let's get back to basics folks."
 
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