Act Now or Lose Your Media Choices and Open Internet: A Conversation with Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps

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America’s communication system is corporate-owned and the FCC has by-and-large abdicated its responsibilities to protect the public’s needs for continued open internet freedom, competitive broadband services, and diverse media ownership. Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps states the next several months will unfold some of the most sweeping internet reforms and media consolidation issues facing our nation. Why is our internet the 35th slowest in the world while costing the most? Why are the internet service providers legislatively protected from competition? Why is the internet kept slow by the ISPs while simultaneously asking for the right to charge for access priorities? Couldn’t the ISPs just invest in increasing their speeds and then we can all sustain equal access to the internet? Isn’t this an artificial and anti-competitive practice that’s used to boost their revenues? Why isn’t the FCC protecting the citizens of the United States? Why isn’t the government enforcing the communication and competition laws already on the books? Now can you see why you are needed to help if you want to keep diverse and affordable communication in America? Listen and act.

Guest: Michael Copps – Former United States Federal Communications Commissioner
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The Tim Danahey Show started in July, 2010 at internet station Castle Rock Radio. It started as a one-day-per week endeavor and quickly grew to five days per week. The show discusses economics, government, social issues, history, and non-fiction books in a magazine format featuring in-depth conversations with guests. Politics and inflammatory conversations are discouraged as they are divisive and counter-productive. Instead, the show seeks under-reported topics and delves into facts, different perspectives, and ramifications of each perspective.