FCC Chairman Pai Abandoning Diversity Advisory Committee
April 24, 2017
It is unnecessary and harmful for Chairman Pai to replace the FCC's Diversity Advisory Committee, which for years drew on the expertise of diversity experts to generate valuable and vetted proposals to advance important diversity initiatives. Commission leadership from both parties too-often ignored that committee's proposals. But instead of reconstituting that committee and finally acting on its many extant recommendations, Chairman Pai has chosen to ignore it and create a new committee which will take months or longer to organize, meet, and come up with proposals. Given the Trump Administration’s track record of business friendly appointments, Pai is likely to select committee members who put corporate interests ahead of diversity. Shameful. It is decades beyond time for serious action to help minorities and women in media ownership. Pai's announcement is a serious step backwards.
Federal Communications Commission Votes Pushes Monopolist Agenda
April 20, 2017
Today, the Federal Communications Commission dealt a body blow to the public interest by votingvoted to entrench monopoly in broadcasting and business broadband, Common Cause said. The FCC majority eliminated price restraints on Business Data Services (BDS), allowing incumbent carriers to charge exorbitant rates on small businesses across the country. In a separate proceeding, the same majority voted to reinstate a legal loophole that broadcasters exploit to monopolize ever more of the airwaves.
Defunding of Corporation for Public Broadcasting a Blow to Heartland: Statement of Michael Copps
March 16, 2017
The President rails against “fake news,” but in eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting his budget plan would sever the financial lifeline of scores of public TV and radio stations that are among the most reliable, trusted sources of real news for millions of Americans.
AT&T Time Warner Merger Would Harm Consumers: Statement of Michael Copps, former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Special Adviser
October 24, 2016
“Allowing a communications behemoth like AT&T to swallow the Time Warner media empire should be unthinkable. The sorry history of mega mergers shows they run roughshod over the public interest. Further entrenching monopoly harms innovation and drives up prices for consumers. The answer is clear: regulators must say no” said former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Special Adviser Michael Copps.
Gannett-Tribune Deal May Reduce News Coverage
April 26, 2016
The proposed purchase of Tribune Publishing by Gannett Co. is likely to reduce competition and diminish news coverage.