Pickard Uses Historical Context to Discuss Net Neutrality Decision in The Atlantic

Victor Pickard at Annenberg School for Communication ASC UPenn

Professor Victor Pickard writes a powerful argument for Net Neutrality in The Atlantic, drawing comparisons to the current debate surrounding ‘net access to battles surrounding attempts to reform radio ownership and operations that took place in the 1940s.

“As we again set policies that define core power relationships for a new medium, we might look to our past to discern lessons for charting our future,” he writes.  “For the media system we’ve inherited – one dominated by a small number of corporations, lightly regulated in terms of public interest protections, and offset by weak public alternatives – was not inevitable or natural; it resulted from the outcomes of specific policy battles, and from specific logics and values triumphing over others.”

Pickard covers the history of media reform in his book America’s Battle for Media Democracy.