Most of all the major Iowa Dummycrats have gone public on the latest Sinclair vs. Mediacom dispute.
CONgressman Bruce Braley sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman to protect "my constituents and the public good."
CONgressman Dave No Sack...err Loebsack, Senator CommieTommie Harkin and Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey all wrote the FCC Chairman to do something.
It sounds like Harkin's theme on health care, "I'd rather get something done, even if it's imperfect."
Attorney General Tom Miller joined the fray urging FCC action because, "The loss of transmission of these networks on Jan. 1, 2010, will present an irreparable loss to Iowans...".
That's some high drama and the scientific community is united in that fact.
Iowans have known this was coming and can still take action to avoid the loss of a mere TV signal so they can watch the Hawkeyes in the Orange Bowl.
Mediacom doesn't carry the NFL Network, carrier of the Insight Bowl in which the Iowa State Cyclones are playing tonight, but a work around was found, WOI TV/5 will carry it, without government intervention.
This is not the first dust up between Sinclair and Mediacom, in January 2007 Iowa Dummycrats in the Legislature wanted to hold hearings on the dispute.
Back then the President of the Des Moines branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Linda Carter-Lewis cited the impact the dispute had on the poor.
Stating the absence of the Sinclair channels is hard on low-income Iowa subscribers in rural and urban areas. Minimal cable service, costing less than $20 a month is their best TV alternative.
Actually the best TV alternative then for the low-income was a one time purchase of rabbit ears, now it would be a one time purchase of a converter box.
Only two Iowa Dummycrats have yet to weigh in.
The Big Lug Nut, will be at the Orange Bowl "rooting them on" and CONgressman Leonard BOZO-well has yet to awaken from his long winters nap.