Legislation and Regulation

The telecom slayers

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While corporate lobbies spend millions trying to influence the Senate on telecom policy and net neutrality, the real action is among grassroots activists across the country.

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Will we have communications rights?

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A great struggle for our free press and our creative culture is happening right now. Our rights to communicate, to share political ideas without fear of censure, and to create and recreate our culture together, are the core of a free society. Those rights are spelled out in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the US, our constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of the press are meant to ensure that we all benefit from what the Supreme Court has described as "an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will prevail." In this reciprocal "market," our right to see and hear other people's free speech is as essential to our democracy as our right to speak for ourselves.

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Davey D on the Future of the Internet

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Hip Hop journalist Davey D interviewed by Minister of Information JR

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Local news means ... more local news

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Local owners care more about local news--but the FCC didn't want to hear it.

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Administration opposes shield law for journalists

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Bush admin cites national security as it opposes strong protections for journalists' sources

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FCC head said to be backing telecom deal

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FCC head ready to approve latest megamerger without waiting for DOJ antitrust opinion

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FCC scandal explodes with second revelation of suppressed media ownership research

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The extent to which the Bush FCC stacked the deck in favor of consolidation and corporate power has become chillingly clear in the past week.

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Another suppressed FCC ownership study comes to light

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Whistleblower leaks radio ownership report buried under Powell

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Powell claims he didn't order report suppressed

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Former FCC chairman Michael Powell denys even seeing media ownership study

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Under Powell, FCC ordered study destroyed

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Faced with research that did not support greater media consolidation, FCC officials decided to destroy the evidence rather than change course.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey