Christopher Ali

We Need a National Rural Broadband Plan

Since the 1930s, policymakers have known that rural communications is a “market failure” — something that happens when private companies cannot or will not provide a socially desirable good because of a lack of return on investment.

The reluctant regulator: The Rural Utilities Service and American broadband policy

Drawing on the increasing body of literature on policy stakeholders and the ever-growing acknowledgement that communication policy is crafted by more than just parliamentarians and formal communication regulators this paper examines the role that

New research: Small-market newspapers in the digital age

We embarked on our research with a relatively simple yet ambitious research question: How are small-market newspapers responding to digital disruption? Key Findings:

8 strategies for saving local newsrooms

[Commentary] Based on our research, we have identified key strategies local newsrooms should be considering to reinvigorate themselves.

‘Respect print and grow digital’: Survey of over 400 local journalists reveals optimism

[Commentary] "What's it like to work at a local newspaper?” That’s the question we asked journalists across the United States at the end of 2016, as part of a new study supported by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.