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The Benton Foundation would like to thank The Ford Foundation's Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom Program for funding the research, writing, and distribution of this report.
The views and opinions expressed in this report are solely those of the Benton Foundation.

Most of the research and writing for this report was done by Jim Kohlenberger, Senior Fellow, and Kevin Taglang, Senior Policy Analyst, of the Benton Foundation. Norris Dickard, formerly Policy Director at the foundation, also contributed to the research.

The foundation would also like to thank the Center for International Media Action for making constructive substantive and formatting suggestions that have made the report more useful for our audiences of citizens, press, policymakers, and activists.

Above all, we want to acknowledge the support, leadership, and collaborative spirit of two groups of advocates that are a key part of a growing media reform movement: the Public Interest, Public Airwaves Coalition and its partners in their shared fight to hold broadcasters to their public interest obligations and the embryonic media reform coalition spearheaded by Common Cause to fight for citizens' rights in our media future.

And acknowledgments would not be complete without recognizing the Media Access Project for their decades-long defense of public interest obligations – when few cared.

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