The mainstream media is becoming increasingly indistinguishable from the financial and political elites they ought to be watching. Journalists often decide not to pursue certain stories they know will be unpopular with the advertisers and uninformed readership.
Throughout the country there is a great need for equal access to high quality, rapid internet. The US lags in the world in the quality of our internet services. We need to make improving the internet a priority as it has become the key marketplace for products, ideas, politics, and sharing of knowledge in the 21st Century. Equal access to all on the internet will democratize the media and break the monopoly of elite control of mass media. In the 21t Century, we can create a people's media through the Internet. The Internet should be viewed as the foundation of our economy and democracy so we invest in it appropriately.
We must resist the privatization of broadcast frequencies and reserve them for the creation of new not-for-profit community broadcasters around the country and for broadband and wifi networks owned and operated by cities, counties and towns that want to deliver this vital tool to their people at reasonable cost.
We must substantially increase funding for Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Access Television to ensure that citizens and community organizations have the opportunity to create and present their own programming on cable television.
We support all efforts to achieve net neutrality.