From: Peter R Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/16/97 12:03pm
Subject: public comment
I urge you to require digital broadcasters to provide substantial and
significant (not 3am time blocks ) of free TV time to candidates for
As the chase for campaign contributions grows more and more unseemly and
leaves our candidates more and more beholden to big money interests, the
time has come to try to restore some sense to our campaigns. Free
airtime would be a huge step in that direction. Vast sums of the
campaign funds raised go toward buying TV time. Let's take away some of
the incentive to take huge contributions from special interests by
mandating free TV time.
The airwaves are public property. Broadcasters own the rights to them at
our pleasure. They are making money hand over fist and certainly could
afford to dip into a small peice of their profits to offer free TV time.
More and more Americans are tuning out elections. We should do all we
can to reinvigorate our democractic process and requiring free TV time
(for all serious candidates, not just those of the two major parties) is
a key component of that.
I urge the Committee to support such a requirement, and look forward to
hearing your response.