One of the best things about the broadband portion of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act is that it recognizes the importance of community media for expanding the Internet. The concern now is that if you focus too much on the medium itself, you miss that what really brings people online is the sense of community.
A lot of big companies have gotten big headaches dealing with the implications of a wired world. Instead of embracing change and developing new business plans to win profits from online users, many see the net as the enemy or something that must be controlled.
Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps spoke this morning at Free Press’ Changing Media Summit, and he delivered a rousing reminder of how central the media are to sustaining a democracy, and how hard we need to continue to work to protect it.
The mid-day panel here at the Free Press Summit: Changing Media, raised vital questions about the future of American media: Will our new media system be a resource for all Americans, an engine for economic growth, and a platform for new forms of art, entertainment, education and information?
If there was any overarching theme from this morning's keynote speeches and the dynamic mid-day panel here at the Free Press Summit: Changing Media, it is that we cannot think about the future of any one media policy in isolation.
Good morning! Our Changing Media event is starting in just minutes. We’ve been working hard, staying up late, eating pizza (and frozen, days-old Indian food) and stuffing envelope after envelope to pull off this big event.
Modern TV is digital, and it is everywhere - from the laptop to the cell phone to the wristwatch. If it has a screen and a radio, you can probably watch TV on it. Innovations abound in this market. One of these, the Slingbox, redirects cable television signals over the Internet for remote viewing. With the right technology, consumers can watch TV anywhere, any time.