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MARK GOULD, March 18,2015 As the author Matthew Crain points out in his International Journal of Communications article The Rise of Private Equity Media Ownership in the United States: A Public Interest Perspective, most research and public discussion centers around the ownership and policies of corporate media, while there is generally less known about investments in the U.S. media sector by non-corporate financial institutions. While the media environment is a culture dominated by a hyper-capitalist generated ownership system fueled and controlled by mergers, acquisitions, investments and to some extent venture capital, givenRead More
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from Americans For The Arts: What is “net neutrality?” It’s the idea that your Internet service provider (ISP), like Verizon or Comcast, doesn’t discriminate when it comes to Internet traffic-meaning throttling or blocking legal content that you want to access or share. A company also can’t pay your ISP to speed up service for certain sites. A lot is at stake. At the heart of the issue is how to ensure an open Internet that preserves everyone’s ability to communicate freely online to learn, engage, express themselves, innovate, and beRead More
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The Framework For Net Neutrality and Equal Access Affirmed By FCC Decision In the beginning the Internet was almost entirely non-commercial, access was free at first and then at what was a very affordable price from any number of local service providers, and there was no surveillance. Things have changed in 2015. Media activist and historian Robert McChesney says a lot of people have lost site of the issues of internet freedoms. It’s what he calls the “Digital Disconnect:” What’s been taking place—and I think it’s really crystallized in the last fiveRead More
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This is worth your time in addition to the upcoming FCC ruling on open internet “net-nuetrality” rules, the CA PUC will vote on a Comcast – Time Warner merger giving Comcast the biggest share of cable media and internet markets in California. Please consider voting in favor of the Consumers’ Union petition urging California’s PUC Commissioners to deny the merger because in part, Comcast would be the biggest distribution markets in California, deciding which programs are carried and decision making authority over whether to carry diversity programming and by controllingRead More
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This Thursday is an important day for anyone interested in being heard about an upcoming FCC decision to preserve a democratic and open internet. Concerned citizens, activists and a coalition of advocacy organizations are gathering at San Francisco City Hall to hold a people’s hearing on the future of the Internet. Just last week, President Obama made a bold statement marking a critical turning point in the fight for the open Internet — but the Net Neutrality debate is far from over. Millions of people have pushed the FCC to protect real Net Neutrality. WithRead More
The first American government run transit agency to shut off public cell phone usage and receive world-wide media attention for its actions is set to vote tomorrow on a long term enforcement policy that will govern how it can and cannot control cell and internet data mobile traffic.On August 11 BART shut off mobile phone in a number of Downtown San Francisco terminals after  a protest started over the death of a man shot by BART police officers. On October 27th the BART Board of Directors voted to come upRead More
FCC staff is looking into the facts of what happened and whether BART's actions were consistent with the federal Communications Act. In reviewing this situation, the FCC is mindful of both the critical public safety role of local agencies, and the importance of uninterrupted public access to wireless communications for safety, free expression, and other purposes.Read More