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The link to the article by Krasnow was offered as a thought starter, not and end all, linear logic solution. Part of the reason for the article in the first place, is that the FCC has lost its focus on what it was originally legally created for. Essentially, a society that forgets or dismisses history is destined to repeat it. Krasnow does add a sense of history in his article, albeit his take on history.
I see the kernel idea in the post as, “The public-airwaves concept, particularly as it concerns the authority and mission of the Federal Communications Commission, has led to much misunderstanding and confusion. It is a mischievous notion that has been misused as a rationalization for government regulation.”
I think most of would agree that the FCC has created a conflicting set of rules and regulations for Part 15 enthusiasts. Add in the over-stepping of federal inspection agents, the regulatory confusion escalates in intensity and scope, especially if a gray suit with a badge shows up at your front door. Part 15 compliance with the rules then becomes a game of shooting at the proverbial moving target; with the motion changing sometimes on a daily basis.
I would clearly understand your disagreement with the concept. However, to label the concept as propaganda smacks of conspiracy theorist imaginations. As one broadcaster who has lived in the “shark pool” of the industry for 43 years, it seems somewhat misinformed at best not to consider the view point as logistically credible. Minus the NAB-hater bias included in your previous post Carl, it seems plausible that you need to spend more time reading Mr. Krasnow’s other books and white papers. Granted, these are his opinions, but they have been tested before the Commission and the courts.
Propaganda? Maybe. Educated propaganda? Likely. To be dismissed? Foolish.