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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  • Washington, D.C. Braces for Net Neutrality Protests Later This Month

    The Guardian
    September 15, 2017

    Net Neutrality advocates are planning two days of protest in Washington, D.C., this month as they fight plans to defang regulations designed to protect the open internet.

  • GAO: Existing FCC Reforms Likely to Help 'Tighten Up' Lifeline

    Politico
    September 7, 2017

    The author of a GAO report critical of the FCC's Lifeline program said the Commission's 2016 reforms may resolve some concerns of waste, fraud and abuse. Free Press Deputy Director Jessica Gonzalez called the report "outdated" and "sensationalized."

  • Lifeline Waste Accusations Rooted in Bias, Senate Panel Told

    Law 360
    September 7, 2017

    Perceptions of waste and abuse in the subsidized Lifeline program often stem from “overblown, and frankly offensive" assumptions about poor and minority communities, a representative from Free Press told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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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