I am curious to know how all my fellow Micechaters feel about the possibility of the FCC regulating satellite radio like they do with normal AM and FM radio.
To give a little background, the FCC is holding committee meetings to determine if they should pursue the issue of regulating satellite radio. Since Howard Stern's move to Sirius, the FCC is trying to find a way to regulate both Sirius and XM's airwaves in order to regulate what is heard and to have the ability to level fines if certain things are said. They call it "protecting the public". Are they? Do you think this is a good thing? Should the FCC be able to regulate everything we see and hear? Is this an infringement upon Free Speech?
My personal opinion is that since I have to pay $13.00 a month to subscribe to satellite, and I have to go as far as purchasing and installing the equipment, that it should be my call of what I want to listen to. In my honest opinion I think that there are TOO many limitations on free speech and that I think that regulating what is said and not said on radio, TV, or internet, in the long run, would do more damage to my child than if he heard Howard Stern, or read a playboy, or listened to Rush Limbaugh or Al Franken.
You may not like Stern, or Bubba the love sponge, or even musings of Pat Robertson or Jerry Fallwell, but you should not have the ability to stop other's from listening to them or you could very well set a precedent that will affect what you like to hear.
So MC'rs, let's keep it at a respectable level, but let's debate and remember the First Amendment does not protect speech you like, it protects speech you donít like.