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#1 Posted on 6.5.05 1203.41
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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20050506-4882.html

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#2 Posted on 6.5.05 1212.23
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Not to burst your bubble, but all this means is the lobbyists will go to work to get this done through legislation. So, if you REALLY care about this....start writing your congressman now before they start getting gifts from the lobbyists!
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#3 Posted on 6.5.05 1404.34
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Oh believe me, I know.

Still, this does a couple of things.

1) The FCC is back in charge of the airwaves, and not all electronics.

2) Congress has to vote to do this rather than let the FCC be their scapegoat.

3) There is a chance that a presidential veto could be used to overrule this.

4) If congress only votes on each act instead of voting to increase the FCC mandate, then new bills can easily be introduced to back things off if one session of congress goes too far.

5) I can hope that my voice will be heard by my congressman, when it was quite clear that the FCC wasn't listening to the common man.

It's harder to buy off / influence an entire congress than it is to buy off / influence a small committee. I think it was 3 people who were making these decisions when it was the FCC - now we at least have a fair shot at dissenting views getting heard and potentially publicized.
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#4 Posted on 7.5.05 0242.48
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Out of all the forums I *didn't* look in... it's this one. My bad on that - feel free to delete my TV forum post if need be.

From a consumer standpoint, I'm happy -- I'm still in belief that it's the corporations that are worried because the technology of dubbing has caught up to the technology of the medium, and therefore there's a right to be worried.

At the same time, I still buy DVD sets instead of say, going to p2p sites.

That said, I'll still pick up a PVR card just to have it in case and/or when this goes to the SCOTUS.
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