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Jeff Chester

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Jeff Chester

Jeff Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy (www.democraticmedia.org), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit. He is the author of Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy (The New Press).


News and Features

Despite pressure from Internet mavens, Congress edged closer this week to a pay-as-you-go Internet.

A key House committee--with the support of many Democrats--has approved a
measure that eliminates the last remaining government policy
insuring local oversight on communications companies.

Google and other telecom giants are wooing cities with plans to create public Wi-Fi grids. But there's no such thing as a free digital lunch: The price we pay is a loss of online privacy.

Telephone and cable companies are crafting strategies to transform the free and open Internet to a privately run service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online. Can we stop them?

The Center for Digital Democracy is part of a "Public Interest, Public Airwaves" coalition supporting a policy that would require broadcasters to air more public service programming in the digital age. Click here for more info.

The Bush Administration will make sure that no Grinch spoils Rupert Murdoch's holiday season.

With Republicans in full control in Washington, next year's prospects
are grim.

Open access to the broadband Internet is essential if we are to insure that a diverse range of voices has a chance of reaching out to citizens in the new era of high-speed communications.