Issue: Media Policy

We are living through a watershed moment in telecommunications policy. Advocates and funders have spent over a decade fighting for rules to uphold the openness and democratic principles of the Internet. After years of minor victories and a few major defeats, funders, activists, media policy wonks and DC insiders were stunned by President Obama’s public declaration in favor of Title II / “Telecommunications Service” rules for Internet governance. Now, after the FCC voted to make Title II the law of the land, funders need to know ‘what’s next’ for the Internet and media policy more broadly, including Internet access and affordability, privacy rights in the digital age, news ownership, the digital commons and more. This Issue section provides a single point of entry to explore all the media policy content on our site — from events to analysis, media examples to posts. Explore the big picture or select a tab for specific types of content.  

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A primer on net neutrality from the Benton Foundation

Update as of Dec. 14, 2017—The FCC voted 3-2 today to repeal net neutrality regulations intended to keep the internet open and fair. “It is not going to destroy the internet,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, responding to the groundswell of support from the public and internet businesses for net neutrality. “It is not going to end the internet as we know it. It is not going to kill democracy. It is not going to stifle free expression online.” Read more


True story: How fake news skews our impact models and what we can do about it

Up in the lofty reaches of theory, the case for the impact of news is clear: Reporters report facts in good faith, and audiences consume these stories and deliberate with others who might not share their perspectives. In the process, they’re better informed to act in their role as citizens, and a better democracy results. Down here in the trenches of 2016, though, the impact story is much messier.

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