Free the Media

Free the Media

Nowrasteh Letter in the Boston Herald
December 19, 2007

This story illuminates a disagreement about the state of traditional media ownership in the United States ("GAO report disputes FCC media data," Dec. 18). What it doesn’t reveal is that media ownership in a free market is irrelevant.

In the age of the Internet, satellite TV and international newspapers readily accessible, media ownership rules are a regulatory anachronism. There is no danger of one company gaining a media monopoly in any region. Media ownership rules, as well as the rest of the Federal Communications Commission and its functions, should be scrapped in favor of a free market and open media competition