The public gets not one penny from them in return for those airwaves.
But having said that, there's also a sea change in attitude towards media.
So the competition isn't once you got the license, running the station; it's getting the license.
Our existing media system today is the direct result of government laws and subsidies that created it.
But having said that, what's happening with campaign finance reform and our political culture is devastating.
The number one lobby that opposes campaign finance reform in the United States is the National Association of Broadcasters.
Local television news, on both radio and television, is so appalling. Makes print journalism look like the greatest stuff ever written.
As the mainstream media has become increasingly dependent on advertising revenues for support, it has become an anti-democratic force in society.
And understand that scarce spectrum is used today for example for cell phone operators, they have to pay for the airwaves they use, for their services.
You know, a left-winger, the barrier to success if you're on the left in commercial radio is a mile and a half higher than it is if you're on the right.