A number of alternative models for the news — recent experiments, longstanding ventures and ideas yet to move beyond the blueprint phase — hold clues for what new press institutions and new forms of journalism may look like.
The airwaves belong to all of us. Broadcasters don’t pay
a cent for their use of this valuable public resource. They are required to do
only one thing in return: help fulfill the news and information needs of the
communities in which they broadcast.
America is unique in its nearly complete reliance on commercial media to present comprehensive information about government and politics, to hold political and business elites to account through critical commentary and investigative reporting, and to provide a forum for a broad range of voices and viewpoints.
Free Press, Consumers Union, New America Foundation and Public Knowledge sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee urging it to consider the usage of punitive data caps by broadband providers in its online video hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 24.
Written testimony of Free Press Policy Adviser Joel Kelsey before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights on March 21, 2012, regarding “The Verizon/Cable Deals: Harmless Collaboration or a Threat to Competition and Consumers?”
Free Press filed a petition to deny Verizon the ability to acquire from SpectrumCo. and Cox Wireless the last nationwide block of highly valuable mobile broadband spectrum that will be available for the foreseeable future. SpectrumCo. is a Comcast majority-owned venture with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.