At their joint press conference two weeks ago, Senators Lott and Dorgan stated that FCC Kevin Martin was "in for a fight" if he rushed to change existing media ownership rules without sufficient debate. Well, this Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on localism, diversity and media ownership. Call it the public weigh-in in advance of a possible showdown.
Here’s the official description of the proceedings, which take place at 10 a.m. on November 8 in Room 253 of Senate Russell Building:
This hearing will focus on issues related to media consolidation, pending proposals to change the Federal Communications Commissionâ€™s media ownership rules, and government efforts to promote localism and diversity the media marketplace. read more
Washington, DC – Keeping internet access free and open for musicians and their supporters is the central goal of Rock the Net, a nationwide campaign for network neutrality, whose champions include R.E.M., Death Cab for Cutie, Boots Riley of The Coup, and many more. Next week, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson will support the cause, in both a teleconference with featured speaker Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA), and a concert performance. read more
The Federal Trade Commission rightly concluded in its report Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy that the broadband Internet market needs greater competition. About 96 percent of the broadband market is currently controlled by just two entities: the cable or phone company. In many markets, customers only have one type of ISP to choose from.
Washington, D.C.— The Federal Trade Commission rightly concluded in its report Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy [PDF] that the broadband Internet market needs greater competition.read more
p>Washington, D.C.— Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in both the House and Senate that would bring hundreds of local, Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations to cities and suburbs across the country. On a national press call today, the Indigo Girls joined religious groups, community radio broadcasters and public interest advocates in support of the "Local Community Radio Act of 2007.
Washington, D.C.— You remember several years ago, in 2005, former Attorney General, now New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer caught several major labels and major radio companies with hands in each others’ cookie jars engaging in payola — receiving payments from record companies to play certain records?* Sure you do, his investigation garnered national headlines and resulted in fines and penalties from several major labels that exceeded $30 million. read more
WASHINGTON, DC — The rapid consolidation of the commercial radio industry that followed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has led to a loss of localism, less competition, fewer viewpoints and less diversity in radio programming in media markets across the country, according to False Premises, False Promises: A Quantitative History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry, a report released today by the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). read more
Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced a rulemaking on media ownership, in particular Rules and Policies Concerning Multiple Ownership of Radio Broadcast Stations in Local Markets (MM Docket No. 01-317). read more