The way the two major parties control the presidential debates is a perfect microcosm of how political debates are restricted in general. Though typically shrouded in secrecy, several facts about this process have recently come to light and they are quite instructive.
Local control of cable is under attack
The ability of cities to exercise local control over cable television providers is under attack. Legislation that has been introduced in Congress, as well as at the state level, that would take away cities' ability to enter into contracts - known as franchises - with cable companies and other television services providers. Among other things, the legislation would prohibit communities from negotiating with cable companies for continued fiscal support for public access television. The end result of the legislation would likely be either the elimination of community TV, or the raising of regressive property tax to pay for it.
Let your member of Congress know what you think of this attempt to eliminate local control of cable television contracts.
See the short film "Keep it Local"
Check out the website of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors