PBS-NPR-Leaning Right by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 14, 2011

The tumultuous managerial shakeup at National Public Radio headquarters for trivial verbal miscues once again has highlighted the ludicrous corporatist right-wing charge that public radio and public TV are replete with left-leaning or leftist programming.

Ludicrous, that is, unless this criticism’s yardstick is the propaganda regularly exuded by the extreme right-wing Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. These “capitalists” use the public’s airwaves free-of-charge to make big money.

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FCC Net Neutrality Order a ‘Squandered Opportunity’ + FCC “Net Neutrality” could kill start-ups

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Free Press
December 21, 2010

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Date: December 21, 2010
Contact: Jenn Ettinger, 202-265-1490 x 35

WASHINGTON — By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules intended to prevent Internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from acting as gatekeepers on the Web. The rules, however, heavily favor the industry they are intended to regulate, and leave consumers with minimal protections. Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps voted with Chairman Julius Genachowski, while Republican Commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker voted against.

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Obama Flip-Flop: FCC Vote Could End Net Neutrality

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Democracy Now!
Dec. 21, 2010

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When Obama was running for office three years ago, he pledged to support the principle of a free and open internet, saying, “I will take a backseat to no one with regards to net neutrality.” Fast-forward to today and the FCC chair that Obama appointed is leading a vote that could end net neutrality. Today’s pivotal vote will decide on a new set of regulations that critics say will create a two-tiered system for the internet. We speak with Craig Aaron of the media reform group Free Press.

via Obama Flip-Flop: FCC Vote Could End Net Neutrality

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Verizon & Google Enter Reported Deal for Tiered Internet Use, Is Net Neutrality in Jeopardy?

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Democracy Now!
Aug. 6, 2010

Verizon & Google Enter Reported Deal for Tiered Internet Use, Is Net Neutrality in Jeopardy?

The internet and telecom giants Verizon and Google have reportedly reached an agreement to impose a tiered system for accessing the internet. The deal would enable Verizon to charge for quicker access to online content over wireless devices, a violation of the concept of net neutrality that calls for equal access to all services. The deal comes amidst closed-door meetings between the Federal Communications Commission and major telecom giants on crafting new regulations. [includes rush transcript]

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David DeGraw: Net neutrality or censorship?

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April 12, 2010 — Last week a United States court ruled the United States government cannot regulate the bandwidth allocated to internet sites. This move sparked strong reactions from supporters of both free enterprise and free speech. Does this mark the end of net neutrality?

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Net Neutrality — The Fight Ahead By Tim Karr

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By Tim Karr
Crossposted with permission from Save the Internet
April 7, 2010

“The Day the Internet Lost” read a full-banner headline on Huffington Post yesterday. The New York Times held a wake for the Internet reporting that Internet service providers can now “block or slow specific sites” and demand that content producers now “pay a fee to ensure delivery of material.”

Yesterday, the DC Circuit court took away the Federal Communications Commission’s role as consumer watchdog, protecting our rights on the Internet. The decision has been widely reported as the end of an era for America’s Internet. But what does the future hold? And what can we do to keep the Internet open and democratic?

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The Jeff Farias Show: Art Brodsky on Net Neutrality

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April 6, 2010

at 01:55 – Art Brodsky is communications director of Public Knowledge. He is a veteran of Washington, D.C. telecommunications and Internet journalism and public relations. Art worked for 16 years with Communications Daily, a leading trade publication. He covered Congress through the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other major pieces of legislation. He also covered telephone regulation at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and at state regulatory commissions. In addition, he has covered the online industry since before there was an Internet, coming in just after videotext died but before the World Wide Web. Art was later an editor with Congressional Quarterly, with responsibilities for the daily and Web coverage of telecom, tech and other issues. He also worked at newspapers around the country.

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MOC: The Easy Way To Win on Net Neutrality – Internet F*cking Freedom!!

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Note: Lee changed the name to The People’s Internet and replaced the original video.

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Lee removed the video.

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Faltering News Media Spell Trouble for U.S. by Dan Rather

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By Dan Rather
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

You don’t have to care about media companies or reporters to care about the state of the news, because if it’s in trouble — and it surely is — this country is in trouble. That’s why, while speaking recently at the Aspen Institute, I called upon President Obama to form a commission to address the perilous state of America’s news media.

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An intense period of corporate consolidation over the past 25 years, aided and abetted by deregulation by the Federal Communications Commission, has reduced to a mere handful the sources from which most Americans get their news. While independent reporting has been winnowed and homogenized, the news organizations responsible for this reporting have largely fallen under corporate mandates to increase profits quarterly — which has meant a reduction in news-gathering personnel, the shuttering of overseas bureaus and the nearly complete subordination of a public trust to the profit motive.

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via Dan Rather – Faltering News Media Spell Trouble for U.S. – washingtonpost.com

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Is TV Worth the Transition? by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 12, 2009

At twelve noon on June 12, 2009, the end of analog television’s era was also when I let my set go dark. The last declaration I saw was that there were about three million of us disconnected but, no worry, we can still order the “converter box” to bring all those programs back to our living rooms.

Going dark on tv was not that hard—at least for a while. My recent memories had too many “yuks” and too few “harks”.

President John F. Kennedy’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Newton Minow, shocked a broadcast industry audience when he called television a “vast wasteland”. That was in 1961!

Had he not mellowed as a corporate lawyer with a lucrative practice, what would Newton Minow say today? What is the superlative of “vast wasteland”?

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stimulator: P.H.A.T.W.A.

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This week:

1. Montezuma’s Revenge in Reverse
2. California Droughting
3. Coke Crude
4. New School student beat down
5. London PoPo G20 murder
6. RNC 8 are not terrorists
7. Univ. of Colorado gets pwend
8. Obama’s war chest
9. P.H.A.T.W.A.
10. Skidmark Bob of Free Radio Santa Cruz

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Bridging the Rural Digital Divide: FCC Starts Work on National Broadband Strategy

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4.8.09

Bridging the Rural Digital Divide: FCC Starts Work on National Broadband Strategy

The Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC, begins work today on a yearlong national broadband strategy to bring high-speed broadband internet into every American home. Under the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus plan, the FCC is responsible for developing a strategy to improve broadband coverage and present it to Congress in February of 2010. We speak with Wally Bowen, executive director of the Mountain Area Information Network in Asheville. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: The Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC, began work yesterday on a yearlong national broadband strategy to bring high-speed broadband internet into every American home. Under the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus plan, the FCC is responsible for developing a strategy to improve broadband coverage and present it to Congress in February of 2010.

Acting FCC Chair Michael Copps has described the plan as, quote, “the biggest responsibility given to the FCC since the Telecom Act of 1996.” Improving and expanding internet service is expected to be a central part of the plan.

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Bill Moyers Journal: Glenn Greenwald + Emma Coleman Jordan + FCC Update

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Updated: Dec. 16, 2008 added Greenwald’s article

Bill Moyers Journal
PBS
Dec 12, 2008

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Bill Moyers sits down with political commentator and Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald who asks: Are we a nation ruled by men or by laws? A former constitutional and civil rights lawyer, Greenwald looks at the legacy of the Bush Administration, the prospects for President-elect Obama’s cabinet choices, as well as the possibilities for government accountability.

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS.

Emma Coleman Jordan

Georgetown University’s legal and finance scholar Emma Coleman Jordan takes Bill Moyers through recent news on the bailouts as big business begs for more.

via Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS.

FCC Update

Bill Moyers on a recent report on abuse of power at the FCC.

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Free Press: Wanted, FCC Chair

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Free Press: Wanted, FCC Chair

Free Press just placed this help wanted ad in four major Washington publications.

Vote for your top qualifications and help America get the right person for the job.

The American public is inviting applications for the position of chair of the Federal Communications Commission. We seek a dynamic candidate who will champion the public interest at a time of hope and transformation for our national media.

Check the top three qualifications you most want for the FCC chair and then submit your vote to see the results:

The successful FCC chair would:

Please make up to 3 selections from the choices below.
Increase licenses for low-power FM stations nationwide
Offer more radio and TV licenses to women and minorities
Protect an open Internet by enforcing Net Neutrality
Create open access standards for mobile phone networks
Use federal programs like the Universal Service Fund to deliver
broadband to rural communities
Open more public airwaves to high-speed Internet access
Foster more competition among wired and wireless Internet service providers
Stop propaganda, fake news and radio payola
Encourage access to more diverse and independent content on cable networks
Break up media conglomerates and return stations to local control

Discuss other priorities you would like to see represented at the Help Wanted Ad blog post here.

Go here to vote: Free Press: Wanted, FCC Chair

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Historic Win for Net Neutrality! (vid; action alert)

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August 1, 2008 — WASHINGTON — Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to punish Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, for blocking users’ access to the open Internet. In a landmark decision, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein approved an “enforcement order” that would require Comcast to stop blocking and publicly disclose its methods for interfering with Internet traffic.

Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, issued the following statement:

“The FCC’s bipartisan decision to punish Comcast is a major victory. Defying every ounce of conventional wisdom in Washington, everyday people have taken on a major corporation and won an historic precedent for an open Internet.”

Learn more and take action at
http:SavetheInternet.com