When millions took to the streets of Egypt last week to protest the Mubarak regime and call for democratic reform, the Egyptian government responded by cutting off Internet access and people’s ability to communicate with one another and the outside world.
After a bruising battle over state funding for the New Jersey Network, the public media system in New Jersey, the state is now facing another assault on independent and non-commercial media. However, this new legislative challenge strikes at the heart of New Jersey's information infrastructure, threatening to eliminate low-cost Internet for schools and libraries, and decimating community access TV.
Oscar will have plenty to be grouchy about if bills in Congress become law. Three bills are circulating that would cut or even entirely eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting.
In response to the attacks, public stations across the country have started a campaign called “170 Million Americans” to remind people of the benefits of public media. Jeff Nelson, managing director for public strategies for Minnesota Public Radio, reflects on the potential cuts in this week's podcast of Media Minutes. Listen here.
Question:Two federal agencies review the same merger. Both agencies have jurisdiction to review the merger under U.S. law. The agencies review the merger during the same time period, and ultimately they reach the same decision – to approve the merger with conditions. One is right, the other is wrong. Why?
On Monday, Free Press, along with the Center for Media Justice, Media Access Project, New America Foundation Open Technology Institute and Presente.org, filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to investigate claims that new servic
Congress is playing politics with a public trust that hundreds of millions of Americans rely on for news, arts and entertainment, and for educational programming for our kids.
Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced two bills that would cut off federal funding for public broadcasting in America by defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 2013 and immediately eliminating “certain public radio funding.” The bills mirror earlier efforts by Lamborn to defund all public broadcasting.