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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Everything you wish you didn't know about the Telecommunications Act of 1996

The Onion A. V. Club has an excellent article celebrating commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the nefarious Telecommunications Act Of 1996, which almost single-handedly destroyed local media as we used to know it.

This law deregulated the telecommunications industry so that fewer and fewer companies held more and more media outlets resulting in such things as "the conglomeration of radio ... the continuing rise of cable, cellphone, and internet pricing, and the dissolution of local newsrooms everywhere"making services like Somerville Community Access Television and Boston Free Radio all the more essential.

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