In a speech Wednesday at Stanford Law School, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps told participants that it’s his job to protect the public’s interest in communications policy. The speech was part of the “Openness and Innovation in the Digital World” seminar.
Recently, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), a non-profit organization with a long and respected history of civil rights advocacy, submitted a joint filing with 30 other organizations, including Free Press, calling for an FCC inquiry into the prevalence of hate speech in the media.
The FCC’s Consumer Task Force just released “Tips for Getting the Speed You Need,” a broadband fact sheet for consumers. Unfortunately, the FCC seems to have missed some important details, so we’re stepping up to fill in the gaps. Here are a few tips from us on broadband speeds for both consumers and the FCC:
The FCC’s Consumer Task Force just released “Tips for Getting the Speed You Need,” a broadband fact sheet for consumers. Unfortunately, the FCC seems to have missed some important details, so we’re stepping up to fill in the gaps.
Over the weekend the journalism tweetosphere and blogs were abuzz with rumors of a government plot to freeze journalism in time by propping up a range of failing business models at the expense of new innovation in news. The document that set off this flurry of digital doomsday warnings was a “Discussion Draft” of possible policy changes released by the Federal Trade Commission team working on their future of journalism initiative and the announcement of a June 15th roundtable discussion where the draft will be debated.
For the past year the FTC has been examining how laws related to copyright, antitrust, advertising, and tax status could be changed to ensure that our communities have access to the news and information they need. Along the way it has sought public input and has heard from thousands of people (Free Press members submitted over 2,000 comments last fall). Now it is preparing its report and seeking feedback on its draft.
Over the last few weeks, dozens of House members from both sides of the aisle have signed on to a lobbyist-driven letter advocating to give control of the Internet to Comcast and AT&T by preventing the FCC from protecting the Internet, broadband expansion efforts, and net neut