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Preserving the Internet As a Solution to Media Consolidation PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Tuesday, Jul 08, 2008

Problem:  Consolidation of media companies has degraded the usefulness of news services.  Much of that consolidation occurred after the passage of the Telecommunication Act of 1996.  By 2005 only 5 major media companies remained from the 80 companies that were in operation in 1986.  The Internet has offered a solution to this by creating an alternative outlet for news services.

However, in 2005 the FCC reclassified DSL services as Information Services instead of Telecommunications Services, and relaxed common carrier requirements.  This change allows telecommunications companies to potentially control and regulate traffic on the web which could reduce or eliminate access to these alternative news services.

Solution: Members of Congress have been drafting and debating legislation that would require telecommunications companies to maintain equal access to all content on the web.  Passage of appropriate legislation will ensure that the Internet remains a solution to the degraded quality of news reporting that is a byproduct of excessive media consolidation.

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