Media Consolidation Battle Expands (letter in Conscious Choice)

Posted by Mitchell - May 18, 2005 (entry 314)

(published in the March 2005 issue of Conscious Choice magazine)

My thanks to Conscious Choice for increasing coverage of media issues, particularly the Jan. 2005 issue.

I wanted to bring to your attention another, fairly urgent, media-themed issue that could impact you and everyone in Illinois.

The Illinois Telecommunications Act, the state law that governs policy pertaining to telecom and the internet, is planned to undergo a rewrite in 2005. Legislation looks to be introduced soon, with work planned in the current general assembly and poised to end in May.

Though many questions are likely to be raised, the main issue might be that of control. Will communities be able to create their own technological infrastructure based on community needs and desired and timetables? Or will communities be dependent on giant telecom companies like SBC and Verizon, whose primary concern is profit and less to community service?

-- Mitchell Szczepanczyk
Chicago Media Action, 866-260-7198

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