Since 1981, we have championed communications as the bedrock of democracy.

-Charles Benton

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Weekly Digest

Digital Beat

Op-ed
Gigi Sohn
November 9, 2018

Analysis
Jonathan Sallet
November 6, 2018

For Louis Brandeis, antitrust would serve both social and economic goals. He saw complete harmony in critiquing the economic justification for corporate power, on terms familiar to modern antitrust analysis, while pressing the larger case for democracy and industrial liberty. Legislatures can, and should, take an expansive view.

Benton Editorial
Adrianne Furniss
November 5, 2018

Speech can lead to violence. Words – and how and from whom they are delivered – have great power to inspire and persuade, to injure and scare. Words matter and the words of leaders matter even more. Many of us hang on our leaders’ every word. We look for clues to see if they have solutions for our common problems. We look for opportunities to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We seek their vision of our shared future. But when a leader excites factions and promotes quarrels, their incendiary speech can start fires. Not too long ago, social norms would dampen the flames of such speech. Today’s cable networks and online discourse only fan them.

Benton believes that communications policy—rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity—has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities to bridge our divides.

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