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Native Public Media Partners with the New America Foundation

January 13, 2011

Native Public Media and the New America Foundation today announced a new partnership to strengthen and expand Native American media capacity, and to raise the visibility of those efforts inside the Beltway.

Native Public Media -- an Arizona-based organization founded, staffed by and serving the Native American community -- will work with New America’s Open Technology Initiative on a wide range of media issues, including better broadband access on tribal lands and continued support for Native public radio.  It will remain an independent 501c3 organization.

Hannah Sassaman Joins Open Technology Initiative to Help Build Multimillion Dollar Broadband Plan for Philadelphia Communities

January 11, 2011

The New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative is very pleased to announce that Hannah Sassaman, a longtime leader in community media organizing, has joined the organization as a senior field analyst.  Previously, as campaign director for the Prometheus Radio Project, Sassaman helped coordinate the successful campaign to pass the Local Community Radio Act signed into law by President Obama in January 2011.  Through this work, Sassaman has created an opportunity for thousands of new low power FM radio stations to be founded in cities and counties across th

Full Spectrum Community Media

  • By
  • Joshua Breitbart,
  • Tom Glaisyer,
  • Bincy Ninan-Moses,
  • James Losey,
  • New America Foundation
February 9, 2011

This paper, developed by the Open Technology Initiative of the New America Foundation at the request of the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), offers a policy framework that responds to the situation ACM finds itself thrust into and recommends actions to secure the future of community media.

Letter Regarding Comcast Corporation and Level 3 Communications Dispute

  • and Tyrone Brown, Media Access Project; Derek Turner, Free Press
December 8, 2010

 

Telecom's Future: Lessons from the Ghost of Policy Past

December 9, 2010
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At a Nov. 30 event at Columbia University, “Big Media: Pro and Con,” Journalism School Dean Nicholas Lemann analogized media policy to a football field: Just as the size and shape of the field dictates the way the game is played, so too does media policy dictate the development of American telecommunications. And on the heels of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement last week of a new net neutrality proposal, we see more clearly than ever that government legislation and regulation are crucial to this field. In that vein, Columbia Journalism School Prof. Richard R. John’s book Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications, published in May, makes the case that policy intervention has been commonplace throughout American history with a sweeping survey of the history of electrical communications from the early Republic to the modern day.

Telecom's Future: Lessons from the Ghost of Policy Past

December 9, 2010
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At a Nov. 30 event at Columbia University, “Big Media: Pro and Con,” Journalism School Dean Nicholas Lemann analogized media policy to a football field: Just as the size and shape of the field dictates the way the game is played, so too does media policy dictate the development of American telecommunications. And on the heels of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement last week of a new net neutrality proposal, we see more clearly than ever that government legislation and regulation are crucial to this field. In that vein, Columbia Journalism School Prof. Richard R. John’s book Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications, published in May, makes the case that policy intervention has been commonplace throughout American history with a sweeping survey of the history of electrical communications from the early Republic to the modern day.

Symposium on Community Scale Broadband Models

November 30, 2010
The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) and the Center for Technology Innovation and Community Engagement (CTICE) invite you to participate in a National Symposium on Community Scale Broadband Infrastructure.  We hope you’ll be able to join us for “Advancing Community Broadband: Transforming Community Economics through Broadband Technologies”, which will take place on Tuesday, December 7, 2010  in Washington, D.C. at Capitol Hill’s Longworth Building; room #1302.

Where's MPI?: Media Policy Initiative Week in Review

November 23, 2010
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Before we all become completely distracted by the Thanksgiving turkey, here is a pre-holiday rundown of MPI’s many activities.

The Three B's of UK Media: BBC, Broadband, and Budgets

October 21, 2010
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With the budget cuts looming in the United Kingdom, it is interesting to look at the future of both wide-scale broadband policy and the possible changes to public media institutions there. On Oct. 20, the Westminster Parliament announced the first of several budget cuts in its Comprehensive Spending Review, totaling to £81 billion ($128 billion) that affects nearly every aspect of public spending except for education and public health. (For an in-depth look at the recent budget cuts in the United Kingdom, please see the BBC’s breakdown by Ministry.) As George Osbourne, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, stated while announcing the cuts, “Today is the day that Britain steps back from the brink.”

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