Federal Communications Law Journal

Document Type

Book Review

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Publication Citation

58 Federal Communications Law Journal 393 (2006)


A Review of J. H. Snider's Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: How Local TV Broadcasters Exert Political Power, iUniverse, Inc. 2005. Assistant General Counsel for CBS Andrew J. Siegel reviews this critique of the spectrum award given to television stations as part of The Telecommunications Act of 1996. Using a principal-agent theory, this book examines the complicated relationship between politicians, local television broadcasters, and the U.S. public in an attempt to explain why television broadcasters received the additional spectrum.