S. Derek Turner

Research Director

Derek oversees Free Press’ research and policy analysis efforts in Washington. He has written extensively on a wide range of media and technology issues, and regularly testifies before Congress and the FCC. His reports have examined consolidation in the broadcast television industry, the economics of the pay-TV market, the state of domestic broadband competition, the role of the Universal Service Fund and the lack of female and minority media ownership. Derek holds a master's degree in public policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the 2006 Smolensky Prize for Outstanding Advanced Policy Analysis. He is the lead author of the book Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age.


Recent Press Statements

  • Planned Charter Mega-Merger Does Nothing to Benefit Customers or Boost Competition

    May 26, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Charter Communications on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $56.7 billion. Charter also confirmed that it would acquire Bright House Networks, a smaller cable company, for $10.4 billion.
  • Verizon-AOL Merger Makes No Sense

    May 12, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications plans to buy AOL for $4.4 billion, according to a report in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal. The deal is the telecom giant's latest bid to expand its business to include mobile video and advertising services. If finalized, Verizon would also take control of AOL's online news sites, including Engadget, The Huffington Post and TechCrunch.
  • Record-Breaking Spectrum Auction Disproves Industry's Title II Fears

    January 29, 2015
    WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission's auction of AWS-3 airwaves closed on Thursday after fetching a record-breaking $44.9 billion in bids. While the federal agency has yet to announce the winners of the auction, bidders included the nation's largest wireless carriers.

In the News

  • Who's Really to Blame When Netflix Slows Down?

    July 16, 2014

    If you're a Netflix customer on Verizon, there's a good chance you've spending a lot more time with that bright red buffering screen than you'd like. That's why, over the past few weeks, Netflix and Verizon have been displacing blame by taking pot shots at each other. But while they're busy bickering, we're the ones suffering. What the hell is really going on?

  • How Verizon Tricks You Into Paying for the Privilege to Pay More

    June 2, 2014

    Earlier this month, the FCC voted in favor of a pretty thoroughly terrible proposal that would kill Net Neutrality as we know it. A proposal that would give broadband companies an absurd amount of powers that they themselves delineated. And a proposal that would give Verizon (and broadband carriers in general) the ability to act as internet gatekeeper—playing favorites and charging whatever the hell they damn well please.

  • Comcast Touts Consumer Benefits, Downplays Competition Issues Tied to Time Warner Deal

    April 11, 2014

    Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable will serve the public interest by expanding broadband Internet, video, and voice services to undeserved U.S. consumers, the company said in filings submitted April 8 to the FCC.

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