Matthew Lasar writes in to let us know that a group of independent film makers are asking the FCC to force network TV operators to reserve 25% of prime time airtime for independently produced content. This is an exceptionally strange request. Similar to the effort to bring back the fairness doctrine, this whole concept seems based on the false assumption that network TV has no competition. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. There's a ton of competition to network TV, from cable TV to the internet to DVDs and plenty of other entertainment sources. To suggest that independently produced content doesn't have enough channels to reach consumers is simply ridiculous. These days it's much easier for independently produced content to reach a decent audience, and having the FCC step in and mandate that a certain percentage of prime time network TV be reserved for independent content is simply pointless. Sure, some people may believe that prime time network content is somewhat brain dead, but there are plenty of other options out there.
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