Lobbyist lays bare worst of public ac...

Lobbyist lays bare worst of public access cable

There are 6 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jun 3, 2007, titled Lobbyist lays bare worst of public access cable. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

Jonathan McGee, a lobbyist for the Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, warned the audience to remove children from the room and advised the easily offended to shield their eyes before his colleague began ...

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Since: Apr 07

Akron

#1 Jun 3, 2007
Typical Republican scare tactics -- pretend that all public access is nothing but raw porn -- just so they can hand over huge new profits to the giant communication corporations.
Rose WIlcher

AOL

#2 Jun 3, 2007
I attended this hearing. It was for OPPONENTS of SB117. Yet Time Warner's lobbyist was given the floor for 45 minutes. Then there was a 90 minute lunch break and a private HOUSE session. OPPONENTS traveled from across the state only to be denied an opportunity to be heard.
The build up was more offensive than the actual video. Time Warner and the networks show far worse during daytime talk shows, music videos and soap opera.
The so called racy video contained NO NUDITY or even partial nudity. Among the"racy" scenes shown was a woman eating a banana. Yes a banana! Very slowing sucking it and and putting it in her mouth.
FridayBob

Solon, OH

#3 Jun 3, 2007
All this talk about PEGs is removing the focus from customer service and local regulation. Who does the subscriber call when the local cable company doesn't respond to an outage or other disruption? Nobody in Columbus will have the juice to make Time Warner in Cleveland do a darn thing.

And who's going to regulate ATT when they want to install one of those huge fiber optic hubs on your tree lawn? Somebody in Columbus?

BTW, the message and content in those inflamatory public access videos are protected by our constitution: the local cable company airing those citizen-produced videos are absolutely not permitted to edit or prohibit them from being shown. Their only control over those videos is to air them at appropriate times of the day.
FridayBob

Solon, OH

#4 Jun 3, 2007
Rose WIlcher wrote:
I attended this hearing. It was for OPPONENTS of SB117. Yet Time Warner's lobbyist was given the floor for 45 minutes. Then there was a 90 minute lunch break and a private HOUSE session. OPPONENTS traveled from across the state only to be denied an opportunity to be heard.
The build up was more offensive than the actual video. Time Warner and the networks show far worse during daytime talk shows, music videos and soap opera.
The so called racy video contained NO NUDITY or even partial nudity. Among the"racy" scenes shown was a woman eating a banana. Yes a banana! Very slowly sucking it and and putting it in her mouth.
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All theatrics, drama and influence peddling...are the legislators so naive and gullible as to fall for this? Do the legislators have knowledeable aides who can cut through the clutter and draft a decent bill that serves the legitimate needs of us subscribers? I'm quickly losing confidence in that, following this summary of the "session".
Smart1

Cleveland, OH

#5 Jun 4, 2007
FridayBob wrote:
BTW, the message and content in those inflamatory public access videos are protected by our constitution: the local cable company airing those citizen-produced videos are absolutely not permitted to edit or prohibit them from being shown. Their only control over those videos is to air them at appropriate times of the day.
Not so quick there. Unless it is criminal. That's where any "protection" goes out the window.

“I'm as Mad as Hell...”

Since: Mar 07

Your Neighbor & Friend

#6 Jun 4, 2007
The Time-Warners, ATT's and Rupert Murdochs evidently want it all and will leave us with only what they want us to see, read, and think. "Think global". Forget what their doing to your access to local news and diverse viewpoints. According to them, we apparently can't be trusted. The awful banana!

Where's Judge Kennesaw (trust-buster) Landis now that we need him?

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