Fighting Media Consolidation

Today absentee corporations own more and more of our news media. Focused only on the bottom line, they’re cutting journalists and gutting newsrooms nationwide. And many of these corporations are dodging the FCC’s ownership rules to snap up more outlets and create monopolies in markets throughout the country.

The more independent outlets a community has, the more different viewpoints will be presented. The reverse is just as true. The FCC needs to close the ownership loopholes that have enabled this runaway consolidation, and it needs to craft policies that would boost ownership among women and people of color.

Consolidation has also long run rampant in the cable and broadband industries, where companies like Comcast would rather spend billions to kill off their competitors than improve their service or build out their networks to unserved and underserved communities. Meanwhile, the soaring price of home internet access continues to strand too many people — in particular, low-income people of color — on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Free Press pushes the FCC to promote competition and hold media and technology companies accountable to the public interest.

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  • Free Press Action Fund Commends Community Broadband Legislation

    September 14, 2016
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Rep. Anna Eshoo introduced the Community Broadband Act of 2016 in defense of local communities’ rights to build and operate their own broadband networks.
  • AT&T’s Self-Dealing Data Caps Threaten Net Neutrality, Affordability and Choice

    September 7, 2016
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, several news outlets reported that AT&T now exempts satellite company DirecTV’s online video content from the data caps for AT&T Wireless customers. AT&T acquired DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal in 2015.
  • House GOP Continues Assault on Common-Sense, Pro-Consumer Safeguards for the Internet

    July 8, 2016
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the House passed the 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. The legislation includes numerous harmful policy riders, including three measures that significantly restrict the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to enforce its Open Internet Order. These riders would suspend the Net Neutrality rules until all legal challenges to them are resolved and hamper the FCC’s ability to investigate and prevent abuses from internet service providers.
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News from Around the Web

  • AT&T Spares DirecTV from Data Caps

    The Hill
    September 8, 2016

    "With these schemes, AT&T seems intent on favoring its own video content under the DirecTV brand," said the group's policy director, Matt Wood. "That harms both diverse content creators and internet users who already pay so much for their wireless service. This isn’t really free data. It’s a way for AT&T to keep you paying for two services instead of one, and a roadblock designed to prevent you from using your data on any content AT&T doesn’t own."

  • Here’s What Tech Advocacy Groups Want from Clinton and Trump

    Buzzfeed
    June 16, 2016

    Advocacy groups are pressuring Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to adopt a comprehensive internet agenda on vital issues like Net Neutrality and consumer privacy.

  • Presidential Candidates Told to Prioritize Internet Freedom

    Motherboard
    June 13, 2016

    A coalition of leading public interest and civil rights groups released an internet policy platform designed to pressure the 2016 presidential candidates into prioritizing online free speech, access, privacy and openness.

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  • Covert Consolidation

    When you turn on the nightly news, you expect to find competing viewpoints and different perspectives from one station to the next. But in communities across the country, stations that were once fierce competitors have cut staff and merged their newsrooms, in many cases airing the same content on multiple stations in the same market. You can try to change the channel, but all you'll see is the exact same newscast.

  • Rupert Murdoch Scandal

    There are many reasons the scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has riveted public attention around the world. It's a story that features all of the classic elements: crimes, betrayal, abuse of power and even a cover-up.

  • Money, Media and Elections

    The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision launched a new era of big-money politics. The wealthiest 1 percent now has even more power to pick and choose our nation’s leaders. And they’re spending the bulk of this money on televised political ads designed to mislead voters. (Click here to see Free Press' infographic depicting this dysfunctional dynamic.)

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good