Continuing threats to free speech

At yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearings on decency, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin continued to threaten cable and satellite with regulation — read: government censorship:

Martin warned that if cable providers didn’t police indecency themselves, broadcast standards could potentially be extended to cable and satellite operators. Companies could be forced to create a family-friendly tier of channels, he added, or they might be required to offer channels individually.

Stevens added that if the indecency problem could not be resolved, “we’re going to see a bill that many of you will not like, and we are going to be in litigation for many months.”

That would be unconstitutional as hell, but that won’t stop him and the committee members from trying.

And I warn again: What comes after regulation and censorship of cable and satellite is the internet.

Get ready for the dump button on your blog.