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

  • 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.
  • The Truth About Broadband Economics: Title II Won't Harm Investment

    October 2, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission convened a roundtable on the economics of broadband. Free Press research shows that nondiscrimination rules — and other common-sense, common-carriage safeguards — would not harm broadband investment or broadband providers.
  • Free Press Files Petition to Deny AT&T-DIRECTV Merger

    September 17, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Free Press filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to deny AT&T's proposed merger with DIRECTV, stating that the deal harms the public interest.

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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