Blogs

PEG Access Centers Closing at Alarming Rate

By Cecilia Garcia

Benton and our friends at the Alliance for Communications Democracy (ACD) wanted to get a feel for the state of public, educational and government (PEG) access across the nation. We wanted to see if PEG channels are realizing the promise and optimism expressed back in 1984 by the House Commerce Committee in a report that set forth the reason why these channels are so important.

Local TV News & Joint Services Agreements



By Danilo Yanich, PhD
University of Delaware

Benton Editorial

Benton Foundation Opposes Proposed AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA

After a review of the purported benefits and early analysis of the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T, the Benton Foundation urges the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject a deal that offers no public interest dividend.

First and foremost, the acquisition will combine the 2nd and 4th largest wireless carriers in the US. Undoubtedly, this combination will reduce competition in this market and will result in fewer choices for consumers, higher prices, and less innovation.

Too Much Power in One Company’s Hands

Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps was the only FCC commissioner to dissent from the order allowing Comcast and General Electric to enter into a complicated joint venture that will give Comcast control of NBC Universal. Here is his statement.

Benton Editorial

Sputnik 2: Time for Broadband

By Charles Benton

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama said our generation’s Sputnik moment is upon us. President Obama likened our recent economic setbacks to a key moment in October 1957 when Americans saw our scientific leadership in the world fall from first to second as a small beeping sphere sped through the night sky. I strongly agree. And I see broadband as a key element in our response to Sputnik 2.

Key Factors for Successful Community Media Initiatives

The ongoing need for community media programs has much to do with the dearth of diverse voices and representation within mainstream media outlets.

Analysis

On Defining the Third Way

Regarding Reclassification:  A series of blog posts exploring the legal landscape of Communications Act Title I and II reclassification

Benton Editorial

Bringing Broadband to People with Low Incomes

Bringing Broadband to People with low Incomes

Overcoming Comcast and Paving the Way for Universal Service Reform

Regarding Reclassification:  A series of blog posts exploring the legal landscape of Communications Act Title I and II reclassification

Yesterday, during a Senate Commerce committee hearing focused on the important task of modernizing the Universal Service Fund, Senators and FCC Commissioners again called into concern the FCC's current authority over broadband and what that lack of authority may mean for improvements to the Universal Service Fund.