S. Derek Turner

Research Director

Derek oversees Free Press’ research and policy analysis efforts in Washington. He has written extensively on a wide range of media and technology issues, and regularly testifies before Congress and the FCC. His reports have examined consolidation in the broadcast television industry, the economics of the pay-TV market, the state of domestic broadband competition, the role of the Universal Service Fund and the lack of female and minority media ownership. Derek holds a master's degree in public policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the 2006 Smolensky Prize for Outstanding Advanced Policy Analysis. He is the lead author of the book Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age.


Recent Press Statements

  • FCC Commissioner Pai Is Dead Wrong on Investment and Net Neutrality

    February 29, 2016
    WASHINGTON — In a speech on Friday, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai claimed that investment by larger Internet service providers had “flatlined” since the agency passed its Open Internet Order protecting Net Neutrality in February 2015. This is false.
  • Planned Charter Mega-Merger Does Nothing to Benefit Customers or Boost Competition

    May 26, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Charter Communications on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $56.7 billion. Charter also confirmed that it would acquire Bright House Networks, a smaller cable company, for $10.4 billion.
  • Verizon-AOL Merger Makes No Sense

    May 12, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications plans to buy AOL for $4.4 billion, according to a report in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal. The deal is the telecom giant's latest bid to expand its business to include mobile video and advertising services. If finalized, Verizon would also take control of AOL's online news sites, including Engadget, The Huffington Post and TechCrunch.

In the News

  • Cable ONE Brags It Provides Worse Service to Bad Credit Customers

    DSL Reports
    May 27, 2016

    Turning away bad credit customers is certainly nothing new, but this week cable operator Cable ONE admitted that the company actually gives worse customer service to customers with low FICO scores.

  • Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Has Not Been Good for Our Democracy

    March 31, 2016

    Twenty years ago last month, President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The act was “essentially bought and paid for by corporate media lobbies,” as Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting described it, and radically “opened the floodgates on mergers.”

  • Free Press Hammers Pai Over Net Neutrality Statements

    Multichannel News
    March 1, 2016

    Free Press Research Director Derek Turner said FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai was flat-out wrong when he said investment by larger ISPs had flatlined since the FCC's decision a year ago to reclassify Internet access as a Title II telecommunications service.

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