Josh Silver

Josh Silver is the CEO of United Republic, a national nonpartisan organization challenging the undue influence of big money special interests in American politics. Prior to that, Josh was the Executive Director of Free Press a national, nonpartisan organization that he co-founded with Robert McChesney and John Nichols in 2002 to engage citizens in media policy debates and create a more democratic and diverse media system.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 12:07pm
Citizens United Revisited? Buckle Up, Chief Justice Roberts
On Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Montana Supreme Court's December, 2011 decision upholding the state's century-old ban on corporate political spending. The implications of this are huge, as it paves the way for a potential re-opening of the disastrous Citizens United decision that has spawned billionaire-sponsored super PACs.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 2:23pm
Comcastrophe: Comcast/NBC Merger Approved
Today, the Federal Communications Commission blessed the merger of Comcast, the nation's largest cable and residential Internet provider, with NBC-Universal. The Justice Department is expected to follow suit right away, removing the last obstacle to the unprecedented consolidation of media and Internet power in the hands of one company.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:38pm
FCC Chairman Announces Fake Net Neutrality Proposal
This morning, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that he will finally seek a vote on President Obama's top tech issue, "Net Neutrality." Except for one problem: according to the New York Times , it's not even close to the real Net Neutrality that President Obama promised the American people.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 2:16pm
Free Press to FCC: Say No! to Comcast/NBC Merger
The following is the prepared testimony of Free Press President Josh Silver at the FCC Public Forum on the Comcast/NBC Universal merger that took place in Chicago today, July 13th, 2010:
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 10:16am
Obama FCC Expected to Abandon Net Neutrality, Universal Internet
On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that the Federal Communications Commission is expected to abandon its pledges to protect Net Neutrality and to ensure universal, affordable broadband.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 10:35am
Google Gets in Bed with Verizon
Tuesday's Wall Street Journal features an Op-ed by the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, and the CEO of Verizon, Ivan Seidenberg, about the importance of high-speed Internet access. It is mostly boring; until it gets to the punchline and tells us that government should have as little role as possible in delivering broadband to America. Just like government should stay out of banking regulation, I take it?
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 7:49am
TV Competition Nowhere: How the Cable Industry Is Colluding to Kill Online TV
On Monday, public interest groups called on federal authorities to investigate a plan by the largest cable, satellite and phone companies that threatens the future of Web-based video. "TV Everywhere" gets programmers like TNT, TBS and CBS to keep their content offline unless a viewer also pays for TV through a traditional company like Comcast or AT&T (phone companies are starting to offer TV service, too).
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 3:25pm
Mega-Media Era Begins: GE-Vivendi Deal Clears Way for Comcast-NBC Merger
On Monday night, French media giant Vivendi and NBC parent company General Electric agreed to terms that clear the way for US cable giant Comcast to take a controlling stake in NBC Universal. An announcement from Comcast is expected within days. The proposed merger would create a media behemoth, and clear the way for an unprecedented era of media consolidation across cable, the Internet and broadcast television.
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Friday, December 19, 2008 - 10:59am
Mr. Obama, Make Media Reform a Priority
On Thursday, an alliance of more than 100 groups, unions, musicians, bloggers and media and technology leaders sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama calling on his administration to appoint leaders who will reform the media and protect the open Internet.
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