December 10, 2006
Office of the Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
I am writing concerning the FCC hearing in Nashville, December 11,
2006, MB Docket No. 06-121.
I am an academic librarian. One of the reasons I chose this career
is the excitement of being surrounded by the variety of ideas,
attitudes, approaches, and conclusions in books, media, articles,
and now electronic publications and then seeing them sought out by
students and faculty to challenge and/or support their own thinking,
to grow in mind and spirit. It is what makes this democracy great.
Actually it is what makes this country a democracy at all?the open
access to ideas and the freedom to discuss them.
The broadcast media, including radio, is another open forum for our
communities, a place where ideas can be expressed, received,
examined, discussed, revised, accepted or rejected. Broadcast media
is an important part of an open democracy. But only if many voices
can be heard. Turning large segments of the media over to a few
voices silences the many in favor of the few, stunting our
continuing growth as a free society.
Thank you for your attention to my concerns.
215 N. Ferguson Ave.
Cookeville, TN 38501