S. Derek Turner

S. Derek Turner is the research director for Free Press, a non-profit media advocacy group.

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If the GOP tax plan goes through, AT&T stands to save at least $46 billion over the next decade. Views
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Don't Fall for AT&T's Billion-Dollar Swindle
You give me $50,000 over the next 10 years, and I promise to give you back $1,000 tomorrow. Let’s send out a press release on how generous I am! What? Only a sucker would take that deal? Well, that’s basically what AT&T just offered your elected representatives in Congress. Last week, AT&T...
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If you want better service at more affordable prices, this is a boondoggle deal, says Turner. (Credit: Common Dreams / cc) Views
Monday, May 19, 2014
Why The AT&T-DirecTV Deal is the Dumbest, Most Wasteful Deal Ever (at Least Since Comcast–Time Warner Cable)
Well, the rumors were true. On Sunday, AT&T announced that it’s buying DirecTV , the nation’s top satellite-TV company, for a total transaction value of $67.1 billion (that’s $48.5 billion in cash and equity, plus $18.6 billion in debt). For this kingly sum AT&T gets a satellite-only...
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Arresting Development: Why the Comcast-Netflix Deal Should Worry You
On Sunday, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast an undisclosed amount to ensure that its videos stream smoothly to Comcast customers. But fans of Francis Underwood’s manipulations on House of Cards might want to temper their celebrations.
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Monday, January 20, 2014
We Fight Today, For a Better Tomorrow
Monday marks the official commemoration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 85th birthday. For many around this country (and the world) it will be a day of remembrance, reflection and service to others. For my 6-year-old daughter, it is a day off school.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Defying the Odds to Save the Internet
It’s rare to see a communications bill that actually serves the public.
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Five Things Wrong with AT&T's Mega-Merger
AT&T's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA is yet another in the series of large telecom mergers that over time are slowly reassembling the Ma Bell monopoly of old. It's now left to federal regulators at the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to decide what's really best for Americans.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Barack Obama's Broadband Disconnect
President Barack Obama hits the road Thursday to promote his national wireless initiative, aimed, as he said in his State of the Union address, to “make it possible for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans.” Not since Bill Clinton evangelized about benefits of the “information superhighway,” has a president expressed such interest in providing Internet access to all corners of the country.
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