The FCC and Media Policy

The Federal Communications Commission is charged with overseeing and regulating our nation’s communications infrastructure. Though the FCC is supposed to serve the public interest, too often it favors corporate wish lists. Free Press amplifies the public’s voice and pushes the FCC to listen to the people it’s supposed to represent.

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  • Free Press Moves to Stop Disastrous Sinclair-Tribune Mega-Merger

    August 7, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, Free Press filed a formal challenge at the Federal Communications Commission to the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media Company. The petition to deny seeks to halt the transfer of broadcast licenses that would give Sinclair control of more than 233 local TV stations reaching 72 percent of the country’s population, far in excess of congressional and FCC limits on national and local media ownership.
  • Congress Shouldn't Listen Only to CEOs on Net Neutrality

    July 25, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R–Oregon) announced his plans to invite the CEOs of the largest phone, cable and internet companies to a September hearing on “ground rules for the internet.”
  • Congressional Republicans Promise Yet Another Effort to Repeal Net Neutrality With No Replacement

    July 24, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, press accounts reported that Rep. Andy Biggs (R­–Arizona) plans to introduce a House companion to Sen. Mike Lee’s (R–Utah) Net Neutrality repeal bill, S. 993.
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News from Around the Web

  • Sinclair's Local TV Takeover.

    NPR
    August 16, 2017

    The fiery conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group is taking over local TV all over the country. The FCC just gave it a bigger green light.

  • Why the Looming Sale of PHL17 Is a Threat to Democracy

    Philadelphia Inquirer
    August 15, 2017

    If a planned sale of the station — along with dozens of other TV outlets from coast to coast — to the Sinclair Broadcast Group wins approval from federal regulators, PHL17 may become the go-to place on your local remote for pro-Trump curveballs from the “Terrorism Alert Desk” and a blast of commentaries supporting President Trump during the run-up to the 2020 election.

  • How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation

    The New York Times
    August 14, 2017

    The Sinclair Broadcast Group and the Trump administration’s FCC chief see eye to eye on the need to unleash television. Both are reaping big rewards.

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