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This is really getting ridiculous! We beat the broadcast flag in Federal Court, we beat it in the Appropriations Committee, but the MPAA is giving it another try. This time, they're allying with the RIAA and asking for more: not just a flag for digital broadcast television, but even broader FCC power in the name of "protecting" digital radio, to boot!
This new legislation to give the FCC the power to adopt the broadcast flag will likely be attached to the digital television (DTV) bill. The Commerce Committee is where all of this will go down in the Senate. Any Senate flag language would be attached to a DTV policy bill, and likely be done behind closed doors: without so much as a public hearing or debate. Similar language could be made as an amendment to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's version of the DTV bill. That's why voicing your opinion now with your Representative and Senators is vital.
You know the drill. Click the link below to contact your congress members. After you've sent a letter, using the talking points below, try giving your members' offices a call and tell them why the broadcast flag is a bad idea. This is especially important for those of you who have a member on the appropriate committee (see the list below). If you don't have a member on either of the committees, your letter will go to the chairmen and ranking members.
Once again, thank you for your effort! The Public Knowledge Team
Senators on the US Senate Commerce Committee:
Chairman Ted Stevens - Alaska
Senator John McCain - Arizona
Senator Conrad Burns - Montana
Senator Trent Lott - Mississippi
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison - Texas
Senator Olympia Snowe - Maine
Senator Gordon Smith - Oregon
Senator John Ensign - Nevada
Senator George Allen - Virginia
Senator John Sununu - New Hampshire
Senator Jim DeMint - South Carolina
Senator David Vitter - Louisiana
Ranking Member Daniel K. Inouye - Hawaii
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Senator John D. Rockefeller IV - West Virginia
Senator John F. Kerry - Massachussetts
Senator Byron L. Dorgan - North Dakota
Senator Barbara Boxer - California
Senator Bill Nelson - Florida
Senator Maria Cantwell - Washington
Senator Frank Lautenberg - New Jersey
Senator E. Benjamin Nelson - Nebraska
Senator Mark Pryor - Arkansas
House Energy and Commerce Committee:
Is your Representative on the Energy and Commerce Committee?
To find out, follow these steps:
If you don't know your Zip+4, either find it on a subscription magazine or Go to the US Postal Service to find your Zip+4 from your home address.
Go to the US House of Representatives website, and at the top, enter your newly discovered Zip+4 to find your Representative. Remember your Rep's name.
Now go here for a list of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Members. If your member is listed, click on his or her name to find a phone number, and then call using the talking points below.