Friday, October 13, 2006

touch that dial

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2006 at 2:46 PM

Do you have an opinion on media consolidation and laws regulating the ownership of the nation's airwaves? You may get a chance to tell it directly to FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin and the four other FCC commissioners (including Nashvillian Deborah Taylor Tate), who will reportedly make Nashville the next stop on their five-meeting tour Nov. 15 or 16. The FCC is holding meetings across the country to take the nation's pulse on the issue of consolidating media ownership, and the hearings will give every concerned citizen a chance to add his or her voice to the public record. (The first meeting, in Los Angeles Oct. 3, lasted long into the night: the commissioners evidently got an earful from everyone except executives at major media companies.)

Considering how blindsided the FCC has been by public opposition to centralized media, the meeting should be interesting. It's also interesting that the meeting is in Tate's backyard. Tate, an attorney and senior policy advisor to former Govs. Lamar Alexander and Don Sundquist, is part of the commission's three-member Republican majority, with a term that expires next June. If one were scoping out the terrain for a run for office (the Senate, maybe?), it wouldn't be a bad place to start looking.

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