ABC is officially the least trusted name in news. That’s according to a recent survey by Public Policy Polling. A plurality of respondents, 35 percent find ABC trustworthy, while 43 percent find it untrustworthy. But 50 percent of respondents find PBS trustworthy, while 30 percent don’t. Fox, or “Faux” News as its detractors like to call it, has seen its credibility with viewers hit the skids recently. Though the cable outlet was in the middle of the pack in trustworthiness, it had the highest percentage of people who found it untrustworthy at 46 percent:
The fact that commercial television news has so little credibility with the public is no surprise. Much of what passes for “news” on these stations are screaming talking heads, stealth advertising, fluff, misinformation and disinformation. It’s little wonder that the public is hungering for alternatives like public television – which should be expanded – and the Internet. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that more and more people, young and old, are turning away from television as their main source of news and fleeing to the Web. But if the enemies of net neutrality have their way, the Internet will come to resemble the putrid cesspool that television has become.
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The central legal question of the FCC’s new net neutrality rules is whether or not the Commission even has the authority to regulate the internet, which is classified as an information service. Net neutrality advocates wanted the web to be reclassified as a telecommunication service before any new rules were made so the FCC would have more power to regulate it. Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps voted for the new regulation, but says he has reservations about its legal foundation. (Transcript available soon here)
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That the Internet we have isn’t necessarily the one that popular conception holds that we have was an argument that popped up at Saturday’s PdF event on Wikileaks. Author Doug Rushkoff gave voice to it in his talk, captured above. The gist of Rushkoff’s argument: that Wikileaks has thrown into sharp relief the fact that while we might imagine a decentralized, peer-to-peer, distributed global network, the reality is that the Internet as we know it circa 2010 is a top-down one heavy on gatekeepers and corporate shaping.
FCC Commissioner Michael Copps tells the BBC that American media has a “substance abuse” problem.
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On December 21st, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on network neutrality provisions – the Internet’s Bill of Rights. The outcome of this decision will determine whether the Internet is turned over to big companies or remains protected and in the hands of users.
As the FCC inches closer to one of the most significant telecommunications decisions in recent history, some groups are hoping with bated breath that vote of the FCC’s first black woman commissioner, Mignon Clyburn, will protect the online rights of wireless users – the vast majority of whom are young, nonwhite, and low-income.
In an effort to encourage Commissioner Clyburn to oppose pay-to-play rules known as “paid prioritization”, and extend network neutrality provisions to wireless devices, advocates created a video they hope will remind Clyburn how important her voice is to those whose voices are pushed furthest to the margins.
At the forefront of the cheer leading effort is the Center for Media Justice (CMJ). Along with the Media Action Grassroots Network, a coalition of community organizations working in local communities across the country to ensure low-income communities are represented in the heated debate over net neutrality rules, CMJ says that Clyburn’s vote could mean the difference between a tiered, expensive, Internet with the same barriers to entry and broadcast platforms like TV and radio – or the open, democratic Internet we’ve grown to know and love.
Video of Sen. Al Franken’s speech at last week’s Federal Communications Commission hearing on net neutrality: