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Media & Democracy 01.31.2017

Trump's Dangerous Attack on Federal Regulations

The President's stated goal of a 75 percent cut in federal regulations in unattainable, and a bad idea to boot.

Media & Democracy 03.7.2016

The Internet Discussion We're Not Having

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.

Media & Democracy 08.6.2015

Competition benefits everyone

What happens when a community treats the Internet like an essential service?

Media & Democracy 07.1.2015

Lifeline: Integral for Access

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a huge step towards closing the digital divide. The agency voted to begin modernizing the Lifeline program to connect low-income households to the Internet. Lifeline, established by the Reagan Administration in 1985, originally helped make landline telephone service affordable for low-income households. In 2008, the FCC reformed Lifeline to allow subsidies for mobile telephones. Currently, qualifying households are eligible for a $9.25 subsidy.

Media & Democracy 06.18.2015

Misrepresenting the People's Will

Americans want the Internet to remain free and open. The Appropriations Committee’s majority has demonstrated just how out of touch it is with the nation.

Media & Democracy 06.12.2015

Broadband For All

Net neutrality rules that would keep the Internet open, and all data treated equally, are set to take effect on Friday, but some in Congress are still trying to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s historic decision to protect the Open Internet.

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