Community Media

Community Wireless Resources

October 1, 2010

Free Press

Description: Provides legislative updates and searches for community networks in your area.


Description: Home base for anyone interested in the municipal wireless movement. Portal for news and information on projects around the world.

Local Democracy News Sources

September 29, 2009

Inter Press Service News Agency -- The Word From the Street: City Voices Stories from around the world about local struggles against neoliberalism.

The International Budget Project
Newsletter with lots of updates on participatory budgeting and other participatory democracy programs.

SAVE THE NEWS: Toward a National Journalism Strategy

July 20, 2009
From Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy

"Journalism is a public good. As a society, we all benefit from quality news and information. But like many public goods, journalism has always been heavily subsidized. The subsidy model that prevailed for the past century — advertising-supported journalism — appears to be dying. If current trends continue, America could soon embark on an unprecedented social experiment by becoming the first advanced democracy to leave wide sectors of society and entire geographic regions without a fully functional, professional press. We are venturing into uncharted territory."

NICHOLS & MCCHESNEY: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again

February 5, 2010
John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney

The founders of the American experiment were even by their own measures imperfect democrats. But they understood something about sustaining democracy that their successors seem to have forgotten. Everyone agrees that a free society requires a free press. But a free press without the resources to compensate those who gather and analyze information, and to distribute that information widely and in an easily accessible form, is like a seed without water or sunlight.

Additional Information: 

The article is excerpted from John Nichols and Robert McChesney's new book The Death and Life of American Journalism and appeared in the January 25, 2010 edition of The Nation. Nichols is president of the Liberty Tree Foundation; McChesney is a member of its board of advisors.

State Preemption of Community Cable

Hear Us Now Consumers Union
What's happening: 

" Telephone and cable companies want to dominate Internet connections to the home. If they get state legislatures to help them block competition, like they just did in Pennsylvania, these companies would no longer have an important incentive to build their networks to connect the underserved.

Help support community wireless networks by taking action in your state. Find your state below and take action now! 

If you live in:

AL, AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MN, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV or WY . . .

Your state is in jeopardy of creating roadblocks to community wireless networks."

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