Last Friday marked the launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom, a new coalition of local, regional and national organizations, leaders and their allies joining together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination.
The day is almost upon us: A handful of corporate hardliners in the Senate is getting ready to rush through a measure that would give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.
Tonight in Pittsburgh people from around the city will come
together at a public town hall to discuss the future of
media and journalism. The event will be an opportunity for the people of
Pittsburgh to speak directly to Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and FCC Commissioner
Michael Copps about the state of local news.
This fall marks a critical moment for the future of our airwaves.
The FCC is gearing up to review its media-ownership rules and faces massive
industry pressure to remove the remaining public-interest protections and pave
the way for more industry consolidation.
The federal appropriations for the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting are determined two years in advance to help insulate the CPB from
congressional budget bickering. But now we are confronted with the odd paradox
that one part of Congress — the Super Committee that grew out of the
debt-ceiling debate — is likely debating cuts to public broadcasting even as
a Senate subcommittee this week approved an increased budget for 2014.
Current.org reported this week that “If CPB survives 'til , it would receive $445 million,
the same as appropriated for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 but $6 million below
President Obama's request.”