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Mark Fowler

Former chairman, U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Let the people decide through the marketplace mechanism what they wish to see and hear. ... Why is there this national obsession to tamper with this box of transistors and tubes when we don't do the same for Time magazine? ... The television is just another appliance--it's a toaster with pictures. ... We've got to look beyond the conventional wisdom that we must somehow regulate this box, we must single it out.

Nov. 01, 1981 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine