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Tracy Rosenberg has worked as the Executive Director of Media Alliance since 2007. She has organized and advocated for a free, accountable and accessible media system,focusing on the protection and sustainability of alternative media outlets from Pacifica Radio to low-power FM, public access and Indymedia, monitored the mainstream media for accuracy and fair representation and facilitated the training of numerous nonprofit organizations and citizen's groups in effective communications.

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Diversity in Television: An FCC Principle Now Being Reconsidered

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 10:47 AM

A founding principle of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is protecting the public interest in communications - in television, radio, internet and new emerging mediums. In a country of increasing diversity, the public interest is not a "one size fits all" proposition. In the United States...

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Some Internet Activists Say Obama Didn't Go Far Enough

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 7:48 PM

When Barack Obama came out publicly for the reclassification of the Internet as a public utility, his announcement indicated that the decades-long battle to maintain neutrality on the Web had entered a new high-profile stage.

From a wonky side discussion found mostly in the technology sections...

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The Compact With Capitalism: Wheeler's Net Neutrality Dodge

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:13 PM

Rhetoric and reality sometimes diverge. Right now, the future of the Internet is hooked like a fish between two different paths.

On December 16, 2013, I met FCC chairman Tom Wheeler at an Oakland town hall meeting, and I used my two minutes to talk about reclassification, a term...

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A Tale of Two Prisoners

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 8:38 AM

Meet Prisoner A: Incarcerated at Soledad Prison in California for a botched armed robbery committed in the thrall of an expensive drug addiction, Prisoner A is 3 years into a 10-year sentence. Committed to rehab and clean and sober for two years, A tries to keep in regular touch by...

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Talking About Spying With Nancy Pelosi's Office

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 5:38 PM

When Edward Snowden's revelations about the scope and extent of NSA surveillance activities started breaking on the pages of the U.K. Guardian, it was a wake-up call for Internet freedom activists that many of our worst suspicions had come true.

As the flow of stories continued, both...

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When Is a Phone Call Not a Phone Call? (When ALEC Says So)

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 7:04 PM

When a Pacific Gas and Electric pipeline exploded in San Bruno, CA in 2010, pundits all over the nation called out for more aggressive supervision of the energy company, so Californians needn't fear having their homes burst into fireballs.

Wildfires and windstorms resulted in long-term outages across...

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Maui Condos or Public Trusts?

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 1:34 PM

As part of an epidemic of higher education institutions nationwide ridding themselves of educational TV and radio licenses, the San Mateo Community College District in Northern California has announced the upcoming sale of KSCM-TV, the noncommercial TV station it has owned and operated for 48...

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AT&T / T-Mobile : Looking Like a Disaster

(12) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 4:17 PM

To this T-Mobile customer, last week's announcement of a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile sent shivers up my spine. And not just because I anticipate a 25% increase in my monthly wireless bill.

A survey of strip malls across the country reveals an AT&T store and a T-Mobile...

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College Radio: You Will Be Assimilated

(5) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 1:25 PM

Like the B-52's? Metallica? The White Stripes?

You might have never heard of them if not for KUSF, the venerable San Francisco college radio station that first played their music.

College radio is part of the diverse package of community media voices around the country that with spit-and-glue...

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The Internet You Need

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2011 | 11:51 PM

The Internet You Need, a production of Bad Monkey Studios and Media Alliance

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Be Careful What You Wish For

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 5:39 PM

Sometimes you might get it.

For most of the past year, public interest groups worried about the future of the Internet have pushed for action on net neutrality by the Federal Communications Commission. In response to that call, Chairman Julius Genachowski moved in the spring to reclassify broadband services,...

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Broadband for the People: From the Net to the Roots

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 10:21 PM

As we grow increasingly dependent on the Internet for everything from soup to nuts: employment and educational opportunities, staying in touch with friends and family, and accessing critical news and information, the question of how this essential network operates has never been more important. Does it work in the interests...

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Towards A Just Communications System: Pacifica Radio and the Never-Ending Battle

(15) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 11:29 PM

I often hear, as a Pacifica Foundation board member that terrestrial radio in general and Pacifica radio in particular, is irrelevant.

I would make the case that anything that generates as much sound and fury as Pacifica has for the last 20 years cannot possibly be irrelevant.

There is no...

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What DID They Mean by That? A Week of Truthiness and Media

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 1:57 AM

Ever had one of those weeks where the distance between what was said and what was done stretches way out into the blue yonder? In my job as director of Media Alliance, many things pass my desk that generate moments of disbelief, but the 1st week of August was truly...

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The Battle to Control Media Systems: The Culture of Professionalism Versus Cultures of Direct Participation

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 5:27 PM

This is a guest blog by James Owens. Originally published on Media-Ocracy.

Based upon comments delivered on June 24, 2010 at the U.S. Social Forum workshop, "Control of Public Media as a Social Justice Issue: Lessons from the U.S. and Latin America."

Who produces media systems? Answering...

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Looking For Journalism In All The Wrong Places

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2010 | 1:00 AM

The news is full of the lack of news. Everywhere pundits, commentators, and academics mourn the death of the crusading journalism of the fourth estate. My own organization, Media Alliance, was founded in 1976, in the heady days following the Watergate scandal that ended a presidency. Movie stars Robert Redford...

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Big Media and the FCC Roadshow: Controlling the Message Online and Off

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 7:22 PM

(This is a guest blog from the Prometheus Radio Project, a long-time ally and friend in media justice).

The FCC is coming to Silicon Valley. The famously old-school agency will make an unlikely visit to the high tech mecca, asking if "legacy media" (radio, television, and newspapers) even...

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Geeks Rule: Why Media Ownership Still Matters

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 10:06 AM

On May 21st, the FCC traveling road show will come to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California for the third of three field workshops on media ownership. Academics, pundits, and various other mucky-mucks will debate whether the explosive growth of online news and information means the old time print and...

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Net Neutrality and the Third Way

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 9:53 AM

On May 6th, FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski laid out a six-page plan for trying to make everyone happy in the net neutrality battle. It's a big question whether he will succeed.

A little background: In 2008, in response to a complaint by barbershop quartet aficionado and engineer Robb Topolsky,...

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Whose Internet Is It?

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 10:04 PM

First, we had the Supreme Court affirming the free speech rights of corporations.

Now we have the DC Court of Appeals telling us Comcast owns the Internet.

But they don't.

We do.

A year ago, after a guy like you filed a complaint that Comcast was choking his file-sharing exchanges,...

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