FreePress

For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838

Free Press Welcomes Congressional Effort to Update Communications Act

The Public Must Have a Seat at the Table

WASHINGTON - Today, the chairmen of the Senate and House commerce committees and communications subcommittees announced the beginning of a process to develop proposals to update the Communications Act.

Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner made the following statement:

“We appreciate congressional interest in updating the Communications
Act, and welcome Congress' oversight in ensuring that our
communications laws benefit consumers.  

“We believe the current structure of the Communications Act, as revised
over the years, provides a flexible framework for reaching the goals of
competition, innovation and openness during a time of rapid
technological change. The FCC's recent move to fix the classification
mistakes of the Powell and Martin Commissions simply restores the legal
structure established by Congress for our country’s communications
networks.

“Our economic future depends upon getting all Americans connected to
broadband, and that cannot happen unless the FCC acts fast. The 1996
Act took more than five years to enact, and the most recent attempt to
rewrite the law produced no results. We cannot wait for Congress to act
to protect consumers and carry out the National Broadband Plan.

"We hope that the public will have a seat at the table during this
process, and that any draft legislation will put the needs of Main
Street before the demands of Wall Street."

http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=d640d467-da07-4c7c-930d-023d3a007dd2

###

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications. Learn more at www.freepress.net

Share This Article

More in: