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Old 12-11-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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(Disclaimer: I don't necessarily agree with this proposal)

All individuals, no matter what their race, income, sexual preference, marital status, gender identification, employment / immigration status, ability, ethnicity, group affiliation, or age have a right to entertainment. Like all human rights, the right to entertainment must be addressed and safeguarded by the government.

One of the most effective and common forms of entertainment is television. Unfortunately, many of the poor, disenfranchised, and unemployed have been negatively affected by the digital transition that transformed over-the-air broadcasting in 2009. Converter boxes cost money and can be confusing to operate, especially for elders or those of below-average technical skills, and reception of the new DTV signals can be a challenge. Even if an easy-to-use and affordable converter box enters the market, much of the most sought-after television programs, such as Jersey Shore, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and WWE Raw can only be viewed with a cable or satellite subscription. In addition, over-the-air television occupies hundreds of megahertz of valuable wireless spectrum which could be put to better use.

Accordingly, it is proposed that all households earning under 200% of the Federal Poverty Limit (275% in select urban areas) receive subsidized advanced basic cable TV or if unavailable, basic satellite TV (i.e. America's Top 250 Package). The subsidy will cover the full cost of such a subscription if the household earns less than 125% of the FPL (200% in select urban areas), and decrease as the 200% figure is approached, at which a subsidy of $40 a month will be paid. Besides improving quality of life, equalizing opportunities, and doing its part to guarantee a human right, the subsidy also has the potential to lower crime rates and gang violence by providing a healthy form of entertainment. The cable and satellite TV piracy rates are expected to decline precipitously.

This program will be administered by the federal government and will be called "Cable 4 All". It is expected that the federal government will be able to use its mere size to negotiate lower monthly costs with the cable programmers. Furthermore, it is suggested that this program enter the popular lexicon as "Obama Cable".
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Besides improving quality of life, equalizing opportunities, and doing its part to guarantee a human right, the subsidy also has the potential to lower crime rates and gang violence by providing a healthy form of entertainment. The cable and satellite TV piracy rates are expected to decline precipitously.
Great, now the government can censure Olberman, Matthews and Maddow. And no more Fred Armistan as the guy who's back was turned last time we saw him, leaving his press conference to party with Michelle.
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Big steaming pile of "I don't believe a word of it!"
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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(Disclaimer: Without a link to the source you copied this from, why would anyone waste their time reading it; or, if they read it, why would they believe it?)
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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(Disclaimer: I don't necessarily agree with this proposal)

All individuals, no matter what their race, income, sexual preference, marital status, gender identification, employment / immigration status, ability, ethnicity, group affiliation, or age have a right to entertainment. Like all human rights, the right to entertainment must be addressed and safeguarded by the government.

One of the most effective and common forms of entertainment is television. Unfortunately, many of the poor, disenfranchised, and unemployed have been negatively affected by the digital transition that transformed over-the-air broadcasting in 2009. Converter boxes cost money and can be confusing to operate, especially for elders or those of below-average technical skills, and reception of the new DTV signals can be a challenge. Even if an easy-to-use and affordable converter box enters the market, much of the most sought-after television programs, such as Jersey Shore, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and WWE Raw can only be viewed with a cable or satellite subscription. In addition, over-the-air television occupies hundreds of megahertz of valuable wireless spectrum which could be put to better use.

Accordingly, it is proposed that all households earning under 200% of the Federal Poverty Limit (275% in select urban areas) receive subsidized advanced basic cable TV or if unavailable, basic satellite TV (i.e. America's Top 250 Package). The subsidy will cover the full cost of such a subscription if the household earns less than 125% of the FPL (200% in select urban areas), and decrease as the 200% figure is approached, at which a subsidy of $40 a month will be paid. Besides improving quality of life, equalizing opportunities, and doing its part to guarantee a human right, the subsidy also has the potential to lower crime rates and gang violence by providing a healthy form of entertainment. The cable and satellite TV piracy rates are expected to decline precipitously.

This program will be administered by the federal government and will be called "Cable 4 All". It is expected that the federal government will be able to use its mere size to negotiate lower monthly costs with the cable programmers. Furthermore, it is suggested that this program enter the popular lexicon as "Obama Cable".
Nope, I don't like that at all.

There is OTA transmission for everyone, and digital converter boxes aren't hard to use.

IF you live in an area where OTA transmission isn't an option for you, then, maybe, I could see some kind of waiver for basic satellite programming. But thats it.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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Nobody has a "right" to government provided (or assisted) entertainment. Period.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Nobody has a "right" to government provided (or assisted) entertainment. Period.
Free television isn't about entertainment, its about news and staying in touch. There are some places in this country where people don't have access to public libraries, radio, or television broadcasts. I can see those people getting some kind of public assistance getting the information that we all take for granted.

However, thats a very small percentage of people, and I doubt its who the OP was referring to.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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Free television isn't about entertainment, its about news and staying in touch. There are some places in this country where people don't have access to public libraries, radio, or television broadcasts. I can see those people getting some kind of public assistance getting the information that we all take for granted.

However, thats a very small percentage of people, and I doubt its who the OP was referring to.
Oh please, save it. There's always the radio.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Oh please, save it. There's always the radio.
There are places without AM or FM radio transmission.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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There are places without AM or FM radio transmission.
Either you are completely ignorant or just spewing BS.

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Shortwave radio travels much farther than broadcast FM (88-108 MHz). Shortwave broadcasts can be easily transmitted over a distance of several thousands of kilometers, e.g., from one continent to another.
Shortwave - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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