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  • How Will Murdoch's U.K. Implosion Be Felt in the U.S.?

    May 2, 2012

    A scathing report in Britain that Rupert Murdoch and other News Corp. executives engaged in an extensive cover-up of “rampant law breaking” may have ramifications for the media mogul in the United States.

    How far-reaching those consequences are depends on U.S. politicians’ willingness to face down one of the most powerful media figures of our generation.

  • No More Hulu for You

    May 1, 2012

    This is how we watch TV in the 21st century: We fire up our laptops, our Roku boxes or our mobile devices. We open Hulu. We search for Parks and Recreation. Done.

    But Hulu’s owners — Disney, News Corp. and Comcast, which respectively own ABC, Fox and NBC — are about to ruin this experience. If they have their way, you’ll need a cable subscription to watch any TV show on the Internet.

  • A Victory for AT&T's Shareholders

    April 27, 2012

    There’s a new and important voice in the ongoing fight for Net Neutrality: the voice of the shareholder.

    You read that right.

    On Friday, in an unprecedented move, AT&T shareholders voted on a proposal calling on the telecom behemoth to publicly commit to Net Neutrality on its wireless networks.

  • Ben Franklin Is Rolling in His Grave

    April 27, 2012

    Yesterday the House rushed through a vote on CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

    CISPA supporters in the House were so rattled by mounting opposition to their creepy bill — more than 1 million people told them to ditch it — that they passed the legislation before our outcry could spread.

  • Political Files? Meet the Internet

    April 27, 2012

    On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that television stations must enter the 21st century and put the information in their public and political files online. Now anyone with an Internet connection will be able to access information about who is spending all that money on political advertising. The files will also allow us to see how stations are serving — or failing to serve — community needs.

  • Who Owns What

    April 26, 2012

    Did you know that Viacom owns 160 cable channels that reach more than 600 million people worldwide?

    Or that the Hearst Corporation owns 31 television stations and 20 U.S. magazines?

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    April 25, 2012

    There’s good news and bad news in the world of public media funding.

    First, the good news.

  • Television Stations Don't Like Television Cameras

    April 24, 2012

    What happens when a group of broadcast journalism students set out to inspect the public files at their local television stations?

    Three out of four stations refuse to let their cameras in.

    “Cleveland television stations,” one student said, “don’t like television cameras.”

  • Public Interest Groups to FCC: Don’t Gamble with the Public Interest

    April 20, 2012

    Less than a week before the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on a proposal that would transform public access to information about political ad spending, it seems the agency may be on the verge of caving to industry pressure. Two out of three FCC commissioners have expressed openness to a broadcast industry counter proposal to segregate information about individual political ads, keeping that information offline and locked in dusty file cabinets.

  • ALEC Wants You To Pay 750 Percent More For High-Speed Internet

    April 20, 2012

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the most powerful corporate front group you’ve never heard of. Drawing the vast majority of its financing from big corporations, the group allows these firms to help write bills that it then secretly passes off to state legislators to get turned into laws.

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