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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  • Inside Sinclair: CEO Nixes Fox News Rival Rumors, Talks Tribune & Big Ambition for Broadcast Biz

    Variety
    July 25, 2017

    It’s hardly surprising that Sinclair would face speculation over its plans for the future. The company is already the nation’s largest owner of TV stations, and it will grow to an unprecedented size if the FCC approves its bid for Tribune Media. And Sinclair has drawn more and more fire from critics — notably HBO’s John Oliver — for the increasingly conservative tilt to its local newscasts through “must-run” commentary segments and coverage decisions mandated at the corporate level.

  • What's a Little Throttling Between Friends?

    Light Reading
    July 25, 2017

    I've been thinking about news that surfaced last week around Verizon throttling speeds for video content on its wireless network. Customers reported seeing their speeds capped at about 10 megabits per second for Netflix and YouTube streaming, and some suggested the caps were causing performance issues by degrading video quality.

  • Verizon Slows Mobile Video Streams, Claims Customers Not Affected

    MediaPost
    July 25, 2017

    Faced with reports that it was slowing down mobile video streams, Verizon acknowledged on Friday that it was testing a new traffic-management system.

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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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