OK, so hate's a strong word, but the Federal Communications Commission Chief is making plenty of noise lately about placing more restrictions on the cable television industry.

Read this story in the L.A. Times to understand why the growing dominance of cable companies in the pay TV market could trigger "new powers by the FCC to impose rules ensuring diversity of programming that could lead to lower rates."

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Then read this one in the Post just to see Martin's fabulous quote on why cable might need some stern supervision.

In case you missed it, Martin said:

"In every other industry regulated by the FCC, there have been significant decreases in the price of services, such as in long-distance rates and wireless rates," Martin said in an interview last night. "But the one exception to that is cable rates, which have gone up almost 100 percent" over the past decade."

Oink Oink, cable companies, Oink Oink.

Should we even hope to ever see cable rates go down? Should we fantasize about one day achieving a la carte programming where we can choose and pay for only the channels we want to watch? Should we keep wishing that more competition will rescue us? Dare we dream?

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