The FCC released its 450-page assessment on the future of media. Unfortunately, many the report’s recommendations around localism, media consolidation and transparency are contradictory to its analysis. And Sonic’s new 1 Gbps fiber broadband connection with two phone lines for $70 is sure to shake up the broadband market in Sonoma County.
The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, in partnership with Michigan State University, has been awarded $2 million in federal stimulus funds to help create a media-based economy in the city. And a team of professors at Rice University is pioneering a project to use “white spaces” to bring high-speed Internet to their community.
The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution in support of Net Neutrality and the efforts of the FCC to reestablish its authority to regulate the broadband industry. Finland declared broadband access a legal right for its citizens. And The DISH satellite network is suing the FCC over a legal requirement to carry HD public broadcasting.
At a moment when technology and media are rapidly changing, the Free Press Summit explored the future of the Internet and the fate of journalism in the 21st century. More than 500 people packed a room on the seventh floor of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to discuss the state of journalism, public media and the Internet in America.
Free Press Summit: Changing Media Draws 500 Participants