by Ellen Goodman – Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law – May 28 2013
About 20% of the hugely valuable TV spectrum — slated for auction in 2014 — is reserved for noncommercial stations. Only noncommercial stations (mostly owned by universities and community non-profits) can operate on this spectrum and when they sell, they must sell to other eligible noncommercial operators. Two years ago, Congress made the fateful decision to allow noncommercial stations to cash out of their spectrum when it goes up for auction to wireless providers. That means that a university licensee can sell its spectrum and put the proceeds into a gym or a dorm. Or, the licensee can enter into a deal with a commercial entity to split the proceeds in return for subsidizing its operations until that fateful auction day. It’s like this: a nonprofit is granted (at no cost) public land to operate as a park, and then allowed to sell the land on the commercial market, splitting the proceeds with a private equity firm. The park is gone, and the public gets nothing other than more commercial real estate.
Continue reading Scandalous Privatizaton of Noncommercial TV Spectrum
What do Bugs Bunny, Batman and Steve Case have in common? They are all now brothers in the same corporate family. So you ask, “What’s up with that, Doc?” From CNN to BMX Business News, Dancer in the Dark to The Sopranos, old-school publications like Time to new-school rap and roll, AOL Time Warner has now got it all. Continue reading FCC EMBRACES MONSTER MERGER: AGENCY IMPOSES MILD OPEN ACCESS PROVISIONS ON AOL TIME WARNER. by Marshall Runkel.
Question: What is the single most valuable piece of property worth owning at the dawn of the information age? Answer: The radio frequencies–the electromagnetic spectrum–over which an increasing amount of communication and commercial activity will be broadcast in the era of wireless communications. Our PCs, palm pilots, wireless Internet, cellular phones, pagers, radios, and television all rely on the radio frequencies of the spectrum to send and receive messages, pictures, audio, data, etc. Continue reading GLOBAL MEDIA GIANTS LOBBY TO PRIVATIZE ENTIRE BROADCAST SPECTRUM. by Jeremy Rifkin.
Media Alliance and the National Lawyers Guild CDC (joined by 10 other organizations including Color of Change, Sugar Law Center, The East Bay Social Forum, Alameda Green Party and NHMC), filed comments on April 30th opposing wireless shutdowns. Continue reading MA and National Lawyers Guild CDC File Comments Opposing Wireless Shutdowns
by Tracy Rosenberg (originally published at Huffington Post)
To this T-Mobile customer, last week’s announcement of a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile sent shivers up my spine. And not just because I anticipate a 25% increase in my monthly wireless bill. Continue reading AT&T / T-Mobile : Looking Like a Disaster
Update: On September 10th, Clearchannel station KNEW announced they were dropping Savage Nation from their SF schedule.
On Tuesday August 11th, San Francisco became the first municipality in the country to support the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s petition for an FCC docket and report on media hate speech and its possible impact on hate crimes.
The vote was unanimous! Continue reading Anti-Hate Speech Resolution Passes SF Board of Supervisors Unanimously
What is Network Neutrality?
Network Neutrality — or “Net Neutrality” for short — is the guiding principle that preserves a free and open Internet.
Put simply, Net Neutrality means no discrimination. Net Neutrality prevents Internet providers from speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination. Continue reading Net Neutrality 101