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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Press Releases

  • A Multibillion-Dollar Merger of AT&T and Time Warner Would Cost Customers Dearly

    October 22, 2016
    WASHINGTON — According to media reports, AT&T Inc. is negotiating to buy Time Warner Inc. in a merger that could be worth more than $85 billion. The deal would bring together one of the nation’s largest phone and internet providers with an entertainment media colossus that includes CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT and Warner Brothers studios, among other properties.
  • Delay in Set-Top Box Vote Keeps Americans Waiting for Relief from Pay-TV Price-Gouging

    September 29, 2016
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission delayed a scheduled vote on new rules for set-top boxes. Customers collectively spend billions every year to rent such boxes from their cable-TV providers. The proposed rules were supposed to allow people to buy their own devices and utilize applications to integrate pay-TV and online video.
  • 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.
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News from Around the Web

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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.)

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