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FunkeeMonk91
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The FCC is harmful and unnecessary

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/30/2007 Category: Politics
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Con

The FCC is not just about content control. The FCC is important because it oversees various corporations. This is no longer the age of laissez faire.

The FCC isn't just around to regulate content. The Federal Regulators of the FCC enforce anti monopoly laws to make sure that we don't end up with media barons like William Randolph Hearst who owned over 40 percent of the media in the nation. They see if it is in the public interest to allow men like Sam Zell and Rupert Murdoch to own multiple news outlets in a single city.

The FCC is responsible for rules and policies concerning telephone companies that provide interstate, and under certain circumstances intrastate, telecommunications services to the public through the use of wire-based transmission facilities. In the 1970's the FCC was responsible for allowing competition in the telephone market which contributed to the eventual break up of the AT&T Pacific Bell monopoly.

The Wireless Telecommunications office of the FCC regulates the use of radio spectrum to fulfill the communications needs of businesses, aircraft and ship operators, and individuals.

Much like the ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission) the FCC is around mainly to keep corporate giants in check.
FunkeeMonk91

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Toored,

You say that the FCC regulates monopoly activity. This is not totally true. In the 50s, they banned Americans from buying any non-Bell telephone. Sounds like a monopoly to me. And the your reference to Bell is also askew. It is true that it did break up, and the FCC did cause it. However, since they passed that legislation to do it, they made themselves obsolete. See, after that law was passed, anyone could enter the telecommunications game. This leveled the playing field, but as the turn of the millennium came around, technology quickly replaced the need for federal regulations. See, with new technology, a monopoly would be nearly impossible to achieve, because there are so many choices in the telecommunications business. For example, cable customers don't have to worry about a monopoly because of satellite TV, and vice versa. The market, along with the amount of choices available to us, maintain the economic checks and balances. An organization like the FCC is useless in modern times because of the exponentially growing technologies that have and are becoming available to us.

Also, you have to take into account that the first amendment is being violated. I think that people have a right to write, film, or play music about anything they want, with out interference from "big brother." I'm just against the idea of a government agency controlling the media. Is it really necessary to bleep out things like the "Dick in a Box" sketch from SNL or censor images of Muhammad on South Park (which I understand may or may not have been real)? If you don't want to watch something don't; no one is forcing you or your children to watch/listen to "explicit" material. Plus, it isn't even necessary to have a federal organization like the FCC. In todays economy, the market will do as much censoring as needed. If it is in a networks best interest to censor something, then they will do that. Networks would never do anything to loose viewers, so they will allow and not allow what ever they think will bring in the best ratings. Therefore, the FCC has no use in today's world; the market will enforce the checks and balances itself.
Debate Round No. 1
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Con

Toored forfeited this round.
FunkeeMonk91

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Since I have nothing to rebuttal, let me just repeat my 2 key arguments.

1) The market will dictate media content because broadcasting companies will show things that they think will win over viewers. If they think something is too inappropriate, than they won't risk loosing customers and they will drop it.

2) Technology has eliminated any danger of large corporate monopolies. For example, cable customers don't have to worry about a monopoly because of satellite TV, and vice versa.
Debate Round No. 2
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Con

Toored forfeited this round.
FunkeeMonk91

Pro

(See previous arguments) I guess I have to figure out a way to take up 100 characters or else I will forfeit the round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by FunkeeMonk91 8 years ago
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LogicalMaster,

If you would like to debate my on the same or even a different subject, I will accept your challenge.
Posted by Logical-Master 8 years ago
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It must be so boring for your opponent to forfeit. It's too bad people can't tag in and out, otherwise, I would have certainly stepped in. :D
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