© 2004 Updated: 9/22/04

Broadcasters are most powerful lobby in U.S.

All politicians are vulnerable to giving broadcasters anything they want in exchange for free publicity. Investigative realities about the broadcast industry are not covered by the corporate media except for Bill Moyers on PBS.

On his NOW program October 18, 2002, Moyers guest Charles Lewis, a former 60 Minutes producer, said the National Association of Broadcasters spent $11 million to prevent campaign finance reform to protect advertising revenue.

“The NAB also financed 1400 all expense paid trips around the world for politicians and the Federal Communications Commission” The regulators have been captured by those they are supposed to be regulating. Television news tells about the business, accounting and pharmaceutical scandals but not about themselves,” Lewis said.

Broadcast and wireless radiation pollution is not reported in broadcast-corporate-owned magazines and newspapers.

Moyers concludes, “American newspapers, TV and radio stations answer to fewer and fewer corporate bosses. The last barriers to further consolidation may crumble when the FCC rewrites the rules that directly affect what you read, see and hear in the media.”

Our Democracy is threatened by the “people’s right to know” replaced by corporate profits and control of politicians. Big Brother is showing up as the media controlling the government.

March 2004 Broadcast Tower Update

FCC falsely claims JeffCo permitted KCEC-DTV

On February 12, 2004, the Federal Communications Commission approved an application for KCEC-TV (Channel 50) to place its new digital antenna on the KWGN-TV (Channel 2) tower. The 1.2 acre site is 100 yards east of Buffalo Bill’s Grave, the Pahaska Lodge and historic Lariat Trail Scenic Drive established from 1912 to 1922.

This application had been stalled for several years after CARE petitioned the FCC to deny the permit based on the failure to assess the effects of the antennas on nearby sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The radio frequency exposure assessment must take existing RF exposure levels from nearby transmitters into account.

The FCC’s letter denying CARE’s petition and granting KCEC’s construction permit stated: "We noted that the issue of historic preservation had been considered by Jefferson County as part of the local zoning process for the proposed changes to KWGN’s existing tower. We find no evidence that KCEC-TV’s addition of its DTV antenna to the existing KWGN tower would interfere with that decision."

In actuality, Jefferson County denied KWGN’s proposed modifications to its existing main tower, where the FCC has issued construction permits for both KWGN-DT and KCEC-DT. JeffCo has never considered compliance with historic preservation rules, which are a federal requirement when the FCC takes federal action. Therefore, the FCC is fabricating "finds no evidence" and "interference" with local government, non-conforming, land use regulations.

With respect to meeting RF exposure guidelines, the FCC’s letter stated: "We previously concluded that operation of KWGN’s DTV facilities from the KWGN tower would comply with the radio frequency exposure limits. We find no evidence to depart from that finding with respect to KCEC-DT’s DTV operation on that existing tower."

CARE’s initial complaint was that KCEC’s RF exposure analysis was deficient, in that it did not take into account all existing nearby emitters that contribute significantly to ground level exposure. That deficiency still exists, and is exacerbated by the start of operation of newly licensed KWGN-DT on the Channel 2 "auxiliary" tower under a Special Temporary Authority granted by the FCC.

The FCC "finds no evidence" because the FCC has not performed, nor required KCEC to perform, a complete RF exposure study. If this study had been performed, the FCC would have "found evidence" that the calculated RF exposure in the vicinity of 39-43-45.7N, 104-14-12.3 W on Lookout Mountain would be 175% of the Maximum Permissible Exposure.

August 2003 Broadcast Tower Update

FCC permits RF interference with National Technical Means

On August 25, 2003 the FCC sent letters to members of Lake Cedar Group and Channel 2 that the FCC would not require those stations to comply with the maximum signal strength requirements of the Quiet Zone north of Boulder. As a result, power densities from the DTV transmitters of each of these five TV stations will be more than 100 times higher than allowed by statute at the Quiet Zone.

Engineers at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) who operate the Quiet Zone are concerned that these high level DTV signals will interfere with their sensitive measurements. The FCC is apparently more interested in pleasing its broadcast clientele than protecting our National Technical Means.