Last month, the FCC sent letters to all the major wireless carriers, asking them to justify their increasingly outrageous early termination fees (ETFs). But the carriers' responses have been less than helpful, so we need to tell the FCC to step up the pressure and put an end to these fees.
The “digital divide” sounds so faceless, so placeless. Who are these supposed people without an Internet connection in today’s day-and-age? Where are these places that have been left behind? And is it really that big of a deal?
If you’re anything like me, the words “net neutrality” and “open Internet” don’t exactly get the party going on your computer screen at lunch. At a convening of ethnic journalists yesterday in San Francisco, media justice activist Malkia Cyril compared the discussions around net neutrality to “talking about the galaxy: Who cares?” Sure, it’s important stuff. And yeah, we know it’s out there.
It’s not often that policymakers are willing to slow down and take a broad look at the decisions that they have made, the changes they’ve incurred and the direction we need to head toward. But the Federal Communications Commission’s “Future of Media” inquiry is doing just that. The agency is taking a holistic look at our media system -- public media, journalism, media ownership and Internet, and the policies that have shaped the system.
I’ve been working to change the U.S. media system for three years now, and I spend a good deal of that time behind my desk. Having the opportunity to step out into communities that have been affected by our crumbling media system was fascinating – and reinforced what I hear through e-mails and phone calls: People across this country want quality journalism that is compelling, relevant, informative, combative and diverse.
On February 16, SaveTheNews.org and Free Press co-hosted a forum on the future of news at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The event featured Robert McChesney and John Nichols, co-founders of Free Press, who have been traveling the nation speaking with communities about the role of government currently and historically in shaping our media system.