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If the headline writers are also soothsayers - NBC’s news operations are in for a big change.
An LA Times article warns, “Culture shock likely as Comcast takes over NBC.” Perhaps -- a timely prediction:
“Today marks the first day of Comcast and NBC Universal uniting as one company to bring you guys the very best news and entertainment programming on the planet.” (E! News)
But media watchers worry NBC’s news operations could change with the merger. Comcast says it won’t mess with NBC’s news division but after the high-profile and abrupt departure of MSNBC star Keith Olbermann last week - analysts suggested otherwise.
ANDERSON COOPER: “Both Comcast and NBC denied that their merger had anything to do with Olbermann's departure. Do you buy that? I heard even last summer, from folks in the industry saying Comcast is not going to put up with this.”
ANALYST: “Everybody agreed that Comcast would be very unlikely to put up with Keith's behavior, let's say, and prima donna activities. I don't think it was coincidentally motivated." (CNN)
And Comcast is definitely aware of the potential perception problem. USA Today reports the company promises it won’t be cutting time for local newscasts at the 10 NBC stations it owns for the next three years. Still - USA Today suggests it’s hard to imagine the merger won’t at least influence news operations.
“Comcast will control the No. 1 evening newscast (Nightly News), morning newscast (The Today Show), and Sunday talk show (Meet the Press). ... The executives have little experience in news... some observers wonder whether Comcast appreciates the nuances of the interests it must balance in the TV news properties it will run.”
And the stakes are high -- at least financially. According to the Pew Research Center, NBC’s news operations generated $1.8 billion in 2009. But local NBC stations like Miami’s WTVJ are promising viewers -- news content won’t change with the merger.
ANCHOR: “As a viewer you can expect the same level of news reporting you have been allowing us to bring into your home every day. But it was surely very exciting.
ANCHOR 2: “Yes indeed.”
But some observers aren’t so convinced. American Public Media spoke with a Hollywood Reporter editor -- who suggests Comcast could shift money spent on news somewhere deemed more profitable.
MATTHEW BELLONI: “Maybe they're going to go for sports, try to put big sporting events on their Versus network, so they can try to build that up and create a competitor to ESPN.”
In a statement distributed to NBC employees Thursday -- Comcast said, “We take our business seriously, but do not take ourselves too seriously."
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Thousands of public comments supporting Net Neutrality flooded the Federal Communications Commission before the close of the agency's official inquiry on July 16, 2007. In a landslide, well over 95 percent of the comments called for rules that prohibit phone and cable companies from discriminating against Web sites or services.
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Free Press is urging the Senate to move swiftly to confirm Julius Genachowski as chair of the Federal Communications Commission.
At his nomination hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee, Genachowski called the FCC "a 21st-century agency for the information age." He described his vision for the agency as "a model for excellence in government -- fighting for consumers and families, fostering investment and innovation via open, fair and data-driven processes."
Free Press launched FreeMyPhone, a campaign that calls on leaders in Washington to open up wireless networks and promote consumer choice.
The Senate Commerce Committee discussed the consumer wireless experience at a hearing, following a letter sent earlier this week to the Federal Communications Commission laying out concerns of committee members about exclusive deals struck between wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers.
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The amount of RF energy absorbed from the phone into the user's body is known as the specific absorption rate (SAR). Different cell phones have different SAR levels. Cell phone makers are required to report the maximum SAR level of their product to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This information is sometimes listed inside the battery compartment on the phone. The upper limit of SAR allowed in the United States is 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg) of body weight.
But according to the FCC, comparing SAR values between phones may be misleading. The listed SAR value is based only on the phone operating at its highest power, not on what users would typically be exposed to with normal phone use. The actual SAR value during use varies based on a number of factors, so it's possible that a phone with a lower listed SAR value might actually expose a person to more RF energy than one with a higher listed SAR value in some cases.
As people use cell phones to make calls, signals are transmitted back and forth to the base station. The RF waves produced at the base station are given off into the environment, where people can be exposed to them.
The energy from a cellular phone tower antenna, like that of other telecommunication antennas, is directed toward the horizon (parallel to the ground), with some downward scatter. Base station antennas use higher power levels than other types of land-mobile antennas, but much lower levels than those from radio and television broadcast stations. The amount of energy decreases rapidly with increasing distance from the antenna. As a result, the level of exposure to radio waves at ground level is very low compared to the level close to the antenna.
Public exposure to radio waves from cell phone tower antennas is slight for several reasons. The power levels are relatively low, the antennas are mounted at high above ground level, and the signals are transmitted intermittently, rather than constantly.
At ground level near typical cellular base stations, the amount of RF energy is thousands of times less than the limits for safe exposure set by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and other regulatory authorities. It is very unlikely that a person could be exposed to RF levels in excess of these limits just by being near a cell phone tower.
When cellular antennas are mounted on rooftops, it is possible that a person on the roof could be exposed to RF levels greater than those typically encountered on the ground. But even then, exposure levels approaching or exceeding the FCC safety guidelines are only likely to be found very close to and directly in front of the antennas. If this is the case, access to these areas should be limited.
The level of RF energy inside buildings where a base station is mounted is typically much lower than the level outside depending on the construction materials of the building. Wood or cement block reduces the exposure level of RF radiation by a factor of about 10. The energy level behind an antenna is hundreds to thousands of times lower than in front. Therefore, if an antenna is mounted on the side of a building, the exposure level in the room directly behind the wall is typically well below the recommended exposure limits.