Category: The Last Word

Rewriting History

Well, despite the best efforts of a lot of people to compel Congress to overturn the FCC ruling on Net Neutrality, the big communications companies will get their way on June 11. AT&T and Comcast have been very up front…

Small Market Salvation

How Our Street-Smart Skills Would Save iHeart IHeartMedia filed two things with the SEC on the same day this week. In one filing, the company explained that they’d decided not to make about $60 million in interest payments to its…

Pai Under Fire

When a pair of Democratic legislators first accused Ajit Pai of championing certain rule changes to benefit his friends at Sinclair, we were skeptical. Chairman Pai is smart and ambitious, but I don’t believe he’s duplicitous. As so many words…

Money to Burn

The base rate for a commercial in the Super Bowl is North of $5 million. The cost to produce an ad can easily top $1 million. What do you get for your six mil? Pretty good reach—the U.S. audience for…

When Passion Turns to Violence

It’s no secret that I have been stumping very hard for the reinstatement of the net neutrality rules, and how much I disagree with the FCC chairman on this issue. However, the revelation that this highly-controversial issue has subjected Mr.…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

At this rate, it won’t be streamed, either It was a sad day last Tuesday for freedom of choice when the FCC unwound the net neutrality rules established by the previous administration. Basically, by removing all regulation, it leaves providers…

Seriously?

So a couple of Congressmen have accused FCC Chairman Pai of conspiring to make sweeping regulatory changes to benefit just one television company. Never mind that many of the changes have nothing to do with television. Never mind that these changes…

Doing the Right Thing

I want to commend Entercom CEO David Field and his executive team for understanding that with great power comes great responsibility. As his company prepares to take over CBS Radio, it has announced a number of best practices initiatives to…

Kudos to Chairman Pai

It took him a while, and I’m sure the myriad discussions with his staff lasted long into the wee hours, but ultimately the FCC chief issued a well-crafted comment on what his boss said the week before about yanking a…

Easy Money

So there’s a patent on “automatically organizing computer files and folders”? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry over the amount of time and money being wasted on nonsense like this, and it’s all really the fault of the…