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Michael Turk
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Michael Turk is a partner in CRAFT | Media/Digital, a communications consulting firm in Washington, DC.

In his professional career, Turk has lived at the intersection of politics, public policy and technology - crossing from the political, to the commercial and into government. He has managed the Internet operations for three Presidential campaigns and the Republican National Committee; managed e-Government projects at the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Energy; and worked with Grassroots Enterprise - an Internet focused public affairs firm - as a technology and activism consultant.

Most recently, Turk served as Vice President of Industry Grassroots for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association before returning to private practice. Turk is passionate about and writes frequently about telecom policy and technology developments. While at NCTA, Turk launched CableTechTalk.com - the cable industry’s blog.

Turk currently sits on the Board of Directors for, but is unpaid by, Digital Society - a pro-culture, pro-commerce think tank focused on telecom and technology policy. Digital Society is partially funded by Arts & Labs.

Turk is married and has two wonderful children.

Blog Entries by Michael Turk

Why Apps Might Just Save Content

Posted February 17, 2011 | 09:47:27 (EST)

In the early days of the Internet, the newspaper industry made a terrible miscalculation. Under the belief that the first newspaper available on the Internet would own the space, publishers worked furiously to make content available -- largely for free.

The trouble with giving something away for free is it...

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The Real Story Behind Cable "Cord Cutting" Numbers

Posted February 15, 2011 | 10:34:00 (EST)

The litany of posts and pontifications about cord cutting continues unabated, yet few people take the time to actually look at what's really going on. The Washington Post's Rob Pegoraro recently touted the benefits of ditching cable, but in the same breath admitted that it works best for...

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On Harold Feld's View of Internet Regulation

Posted March 22, 2010 | 19:20:13 (EST)

If you ever wondered why Washington officials are hesitant to depart from their teleprompters to talk honestly in plain English, Harold Feld's rhetorical beat down of Assistant Secretary of State Phil Verveer could serve as exhibit A. Responding to a question at the Media Institute, a Washington think...

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Tim Karr's Shill Watch: Correcting the Record

Posted February 27, 2010 | 02:11:42 (EST)

I'm happy to respond to Tim Karr's attempt at character assassination. I am glad Tim has continued in the fine Free Press tradition of never letting the facts get in the way of good hyperbole. So let me address this ridiculous screed one piece at a time.

First,...

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Free Press Can't Have It Both Ways

Posted January 6, 2010 | 18:53:59 (EST)

Independent programmers continue to find it difficult if not impossible to gain carriage on cable systems. Year-after-year, independent programmers watch cable operators favor the programs they own by giving them carriage in the basic and expanded basic tiers.

Free Press, in August of 2005, made the claim above in...

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