Broadcasters use the public airwaves for free in exchange
for a commitment to serve and inform their communities. If you want to know
exactly what your local broadcasters are doing to meet those public-interest obligations,
the best place to look is their public files.
Unfortunately, public files are currently difficult to
access, requiring curious residents to drive down to the station during
business hours. In large media markets, a trip to view the public file could
mean traveling over 100 miles.
from a group of AT&T shareholders — including the Beastie Boys’ Mike D — shows
signs of a revolt from within. It calls for the company “to publicly commit to
operate its wireless broadband network consistent with network neutrality
That’s a big deal. In just a few weeks, the Senate will vote on a “resolution of disapproval” that would strip the FCC of its ability to enforce Net Neutrality rules.
Today the FCC announced its plan for revamping the Universal Service Fund. While the agency didn't rubber-stamp the plan written by AT&T and Verizon, it missed a chance to bring real pro-consumer reform to a wasteful system.
"The Commission did take steps to narrow the scope of these rate increases, but asking consumers to pay more into a broken system and letting the industry divvy up the pot will not increase broadband adoption. If the goal is to increase broadband adoption, prices should be going down, not up.”
I always feel a little better when I go home to Los Angeles.
My hometown takes a lot of flak about its Tinseltown image and how “fake” the
people are supposed to be. But I can assure you that the working folks of my
hometown are as real as the 99-percenters anywhere else in the country.
Last Friday, more
than 100 of my fellow “real” Angelenos took their concerns about the
corporate media and their power to corrupt our democracy right into the lap of
one of their most notorious figures: News Corp. potentate Rupert Murdoch.
This year I celebrated Halloween early. Wearing cardboard-television costumes, two fellow Free Press staffers and I traveled to northern California to attend the Bioneers Conference, which focuses on ways to create a more sustainable world.
The FOX station in Charleston, S.C. is airing one set of news at 10 p.m., and then the CBS affiliate across town is broadcasting the same news — same anchors, same scripts, same everything — an hour later. We received video footage from activists in South Carolina that shows just how similar these supposedly independent newscasts are.
coalition ofconcerned citizens, labor organizations, advocacy groups
and OccupyLA protesters will demonstrate
outside News Corporation’s annual shareholders’ meeting on
Friday, Oct. 21.
we come from different backgrounds and interests we are joining together in Los Angeles because we believe that no single company should be
allowed to own an overwhelming share of the media in our country.
“News is just too important to leave to those who shout the loudest
… or have the biggest purse.”
Caroline Thomson, chief operating officer of the BBC, made
these remarks at this week’s Washington, D.C. forum on innovation in public
media. “The Next Big Thing” featured a range of leaders from public and
community media, plus demos and videos of new projects and debate about how we
create and consume journalism in the digital age.
Other speakers included Jake Shapiro, the founding CEO of
the Public Radio Exchange, Sue Schardt, the CEO of the Association of
Independents in Radio, Joaquin Alvarado, head of innovation for American Public
Media, and Craig Aaron, Free Press president and CEO.
For footage of Tuesday’s event click the links below:
Last week Dennis Ritchie, the co-creator of UNIX, died — and
hardly anyone covered it. Ritchie lived quietly — he wasn't the showman that Steve Jobs was — and apparently he died quietly, too. While working at Bell Labs in the late ‘60s Ritchie wrote the C programming language with Brian Kernighan.