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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  • Momentum Builds to Restore Net Neutrality Rules Gutted by the FCC

    December 15, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Friday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer pledged to bring a bill to the floor to undo the Federal Communication Commission's recent repeal of Net Neutrality protections. Since the Thursday FCC vote, 20 senators pledged to back the “resolution of disapproval” — a proceeding authorized under the Congressional Review Act, which requires simple majority votes in the House and Senate to void a new regulation passed by federal agencies.
  • Free Press: Today's FCC Ruling Will Not Stand

    December 14, 2017
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to approve the deceptively named “Restoring Internet Freedom Order.” The order dismantles the agency’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules, abdicating FCC authority over internet service providers and clearing the way for blocking, throttling and discrimination by the nation’s largest phone and cable companies.
  • FCC Moves Forward Chairman Pai's Proposal to Raise the TV-Ownership Cap, an Action That Will Harm Communities Nationwide

    December 14, 2017
    WASHINGTON— On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman moved forward Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to revise the national television-ownership cap, delivering yet another gift to big broadcasters by kicking off an attempt to raise the cap and allow companies to own television stations reaching more than 39 percent of the national audience.
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  • The FCC Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Is Not the End

    The Leslie Marshall Show
    December 15, 2017

    Timothy Karr discusses the implications of the Trump's FCC vote to kill Net Neutrality. He also explains how people can fight to nullify today's undemocratic vote.

  • The Biggest Whoppers from the FCC's Net Neutrality Meeting

    Wired
    December 15, 2017

    It took less than two hours of debate for the Federal Communications Commission to repeal Net Neutrality protections, a decision that could send ripple effects across the internet for years. Over the objections of the commission's two Democrats, the three Republican members, including Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to overturn protections put in place in 2015 — but not before fudging a few facts.

  • Who Is Ajit Pai? The FCC Chairman Who Just Repealed the Net Neutrality Rules

    Newsweek
    December 15, 2017

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai led the other Republican commissioners in repealing Net Neutrality rules that required internet service providers to treat all online content equally.

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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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