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house Bill H.R. 583

Should There be Steeper Penalties for Pirating Radio Broadcasts?

Argument in favor

Steeper penalties for pirate radio operations will deter illegal radio broadcasts and prevent them from interfering with emergency services.

Ray's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Yes, and while you are at it, all media should be punished for fake news that they spew out from time to time or all the time. To protect our democracy we need to manage the information and data that are being fed to us.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Steeper penalties for pirate radio operations will deter illegal radio broadcasts and prevent them from interfering with emergency services. SneakyPete......... 🙀👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🙀. 2*24*19..........
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Glowurm's Opinion
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02/25/2019
If they are racist, lying, propaganda, hateful, etc., then I say yes!
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Argument opposed

Laws like this could stifle competition and innovation from upstart radio stations and amateurs that may push the boundaries of legality.

Rebekah 's Opinion
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02/24/2019
What about free speech? Only SIX corporations control almost all media in the USA. And they are all controlled by Wall Street. Emergency channels can be separated without this draconian effort to limit the information we’re allowed. I say let the small, independent, single person stations alone. We’ll need them when fascism takes over completely.
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MikeDawg's Opinion
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02/24/2019
There is no reason to go after pirate radio stations.
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Tom's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Who lobbied for this one. I wonder? There not more pressing matters to legislate? Does sound like a serious monopolistic media lobbying effort. Hopefully legislators aren’t entirely paid off here.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Communications and Technology
    IntroducedJanuary 16th, 2019
    If they don’t interfere with emergency services or invite hate or violence, have at it
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    Free speech.
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    The government does not own the “air” or the electro magnetic spectrum. let people be.
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    Under the 1st Amendment Hell No
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    Is this really a problem in the digital age???
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    This is another example of our government bullying the little guy and trying to silence them. Rather than having the balls to focus on the big corporations who are taking advantage of the system.
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    Radio and other media sources are incredibly valuable shaping public opinion and debate of a nation varying from voting all the way to whether or not to overthrow nation to not enforce the laws inherent with such responsibility and tonight police and punish individuals who violate those rules drastic misstep. One only has to look at all of the extensive list of nations that have come and gone in the past hundred years and have experienced incredible violence to see the influence of unmanaged radio broadcasting it leads to not only misinformation but also the loss of life.
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    Pirate radio is covered by freedom of speech.
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    Stiffer penalties will stop illegal actions.
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    Sounds like the major radio affiliates are running scared 😱. Now they want the feds to overpower freedom of speech.
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    Hell no! Freedom of speech! The emergency stations and broadcasters have their own separate systems! How dare this even be up for debate! This is a Soviet era push to silence different viewpoints. No no no. The govt should not control airwaves, they should listen in to them with only 1 purpose and that is to listen for evidence of foreign invasion or attack.
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    Step up your own MASINT or too bad. Radio is free speech.
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    No
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    Honestly, who cares? I haven’t listened to a radio station in 5 years and don’t intend to start now. I listen to my music and to podcasts that I choose. It sounds like someone is trying to protect a dying market.
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    Nope. The FCC profiteers enough already. Perfect example of an out of control, unaccountable bureaucracy. These unethical petty bureaucrats have no idea they are public servants.
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    Don't punish the people trying to get their voice out there or share music. Create more penalties if and when they create problems like interfering with air traffic or emergency systems. The reasons provided by the bill sponsor mentioned the safety issues secondarily and it seems more like a focus on protecting the businesses in radio.
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    What a waste of time to be thinking about this now.
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    Does anyone still listen to the radio?
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    Is it 1965? We have bigger issues here.
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    This law would hinder our first amendment rights.
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