Federal Communications Law Journal


Henry Geller

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date


Publication Citation

60 Federal Communications Law Journal 391 (2008)


Book Review: Carl R. Ramey, Mass Media Unleashed: How Washington Policy Makers Shortchanged the American Public (2007).

This superb book treats an important issue: the proper regulatory policy for broadcasting in the twenty-first century. In it, Carl Ramey critiques the Federal Communications Commission's public trustee and deregulatory market policies and suggests that to meet the dynamic market and technological changes of this new century we should, among other things, free commercial broadcasters completely from public trustee requirements and eliminate FCC enforcement of its ownership and related rules. Based on the long experience of a communications lawyer who knows so well how the present policy has failed, this book is a most commendable effort and a great blueprint for reform