This is a total catastrophe! I must say, the cable companies have simply ruined TV and cable in the US. We used to get TV for free! Yes, free. Now it costs $50 for me to turn on my TV and watch TV. Why should it cost me $50 to watch TV? I might pay $25/month to watch TV. It’s about worth that.
The original cable deal said that cable would not have advertising because they were charging money. Now cable is as full of ads as TV once was. The cable companies don’t need us to pay for their shows as they are all covered by ads the way TV used to be. If cable has ads, it ought be free! Like TV, like radio. Advertiser supported.
The public airwaves are ours, they belong to you, me and my readers. Not the cable scum! Our Congresswhores gave away the public airwaves spectrum to the cable companies for pennies on the dollar. I support democratic television. The cable spectrum has almost unlimited capability for channels.
The spectrum should be donated to individuals such as you, me and my readers. If we want to set up a cable show, give us a channel, dammit! They’re our airwaves. I also think the spectrum should be set aside for channels the represent different aspects of politics. 45% conservative, 35% moderate, 20% liberal. Just like in the US. This could be changed at the local level. This way TV would represent political passion in the US.
Honestly, the cable grid should have been built by the state itself just like the phone lines and so many other things. Then let cable companies lease out state cable lines to COMPETE to sell their products to consumers. Competition is good! There is no competition in cable. None, zero, zip, zilch, nothing.