Media Concentration and Internet Access
Concentration of ownership and control of media distribution channels seriously affects IFTA Members' ability to reach the marketplace. IFTA favors regulatory intervention when necessary to ensure that there is open and fair access for independent product. IFTA supports efforts to ensure that the principles of non-discrimination and open access also are extended to the Internet ("net neutrality").
IFTA worries that the volume of independent programming available to the public "has dropped precipitously."
IFTA’s comments urge the FCC to examine factors that threaten Americans’ access to diverse sources of news, information and programming.
IFTA Files Comments With the FCC to Preserve an Open Internet
IFTA’s submission argues that principles of transparency and non-discrimination are essential to ensure consumers that independent programming will be available on the Internet.
IFTA emphasizes the need for a national Internet infrastructure based on nondiscriminatory and transparent network management practices by ISPs in order to preserve and promote open access to diverse sources of legal content and applications on the Internet.
IFTA letter urging any appointees for FCC chairman and commissioner to support principles of openness and diversity in the media.
IFTA asks the FCC to deny the MPAA’s request for a permanent waiver on the current prohibition on the use of Selectable Output Controls (SOC) because it would reduce public access to a more diverse set of programming.
IFTA commends the House Energy & Commerce Telecommunications & the Internet Subcommittee for holding its hearing on HR 5353, the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008", and expresses its support for the bill's goals.
IFTA asks the Commission to set policies to ensure that diverse content and innovative services are not blocked or discouraged under the rubric of "network management".
IFTA responds to speech by MPAA President/CEO Dan Glickman announcing studios' opposition to "net neutrality" regulation (ShoWest "State of the Industry" speech, March 11, 2008).
A study by Mark Cooper, PhD. and Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America, documenting the decline of independently supplied programming to the US television and cable networks since regulatory changes adopted by the FCC in the mid-1990s. Filed as Appendix A to IFTA Comments (10/23/2006).
IFTA requests the Commission to adopt rules limiting the amount of programming that US major networks, MSOs and cable companies may obtain from entities owned or affiliated with any of such companies.
AFMA requests the Commission to consider the ongoing impact of media consolidation on independent program supply to the US media.