Pickard Talks About FCC Internet Ruling on The Takeaway

Professor Victor Pickard appeared on the NPR program The Takeaway on Thursday, February 5, to discuss the Federal Communication Commission’s ruling on the internet.

“As a society, we have to figure out how we regulate this media—what’s the social contract and the role of the FCC in their regulatory oversight?” he told host John Hockenberry.

“Media policy isn’t the sexiest issue,” says Pickard. “But when the public realizes what’s at stake, they will engage—I think we saw that when nearly 4 million people wrote into the FCC in response to their open internet rules.”

Pickard is author of America's Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform (Cambridge 2014), which takes a historical look at the development of today’s media environment.