Since 2000, technological progress and the development of the Internet have led to competitive TV alternatives from telephone companies, satellite providers, and online video providers, as well as the creation of hundreds of TV channels.
Broadcast Radio Remains Tightly Regulated
Commercial broadcast radio, which began the 1920s in the United States, has millions of daily listeners today. Broadcast radio was the first nationwide mass medium Congress chose to license and regulate.
Digital Media Distribution Accelerates Technological Adoption
This chart uses government and industry data to display household penetration rates for various technologies reported from 1970 to 2012.
Deregulation Spurs Variety in TV Content and Price
It is common for tech journalists and media scholars to decry so-called cable monopolies. Few, however, acknowledge the source of competitive problems for TV and Internet service: poor government policy.
Legacy Regulations Hinder Newspapers as Newsrooms Struggle to Adapt
The decline of traditional newspapers in recent decades has received significant public attention and concern. The rate of this decline accelerated around 1980, coinciding with the launch of the first 24-hour cable news channel, CNN.
Satellite Radio and the Dynamic Radio Marketplace
Hard as it might be for today’s music and news radio listeners to believe, there were predictions of an imminent radio monopoly just a few years ago when US satellite radio providers Sirius and XM announced merger plans in 2007 after years of financial losses.