Democracy Wire

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The Internet Discussion We're Not Having

March 7, 2016

Our media are letting us down. From their mostly vapid coverage of the 2016 Presidential campaign on television to the paucity of new information on the Internet’s major “news” sites, the communications ecosystem is failing our democracy. It’s a failure that has already cost us dearly and a breakdown that will only get worse until we recognize and confront the damage that has been done. Sadly, amid the incessant hurling of personal broadsides and character assassination from many of the candidates, and the ubiquitous replay of sordid electioneering masquerading as “breaking news” on just about every channel, real coverage of issues gets the hindmost.

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The Scariest Cable Merger Nobody In Washington Is Talking About

February 4, 2016

When Comcast tried to merge with Time Warner Cable last year, reaction was swift and negative. Not many people liked the idea of America’s largest and least loved cable company getting any bigger; the deal collapsed after hundreds of thousands of Americans spoke out and federal regulators signaled that they would not let it go forward

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Is Change Here To Stay?

October 15, 2015

Of course I was thrilled this past April when the Federal Communications Commission indicated it was leaning against approval of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

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A New Lifeline for Democracy

August 10, 2015

A decades-old federal program that helps low-income families purchase basic telephone service is being modernized in a way that will encourage those families to become more active, better informed citizens.

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