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Former FCC Commissioner on the state of American media

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee hearing March 25, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Communications, Technology, and the Internet Subcommittee hearing March 25, 2010 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former FCC commissioner and chairman Michael Copps paints a grim picture for the future of media in the United States, as news conglomerates continue to absorb local news agencies, newsrooms shrink, and more and more investigative reporters are left jobless.

Copps gives a potentially dark forecast for the future of infrastructure in the United States. The country has found itself in a difficult middle ground as it lacks to maintain 20th century infrastructure like highways and railroads, but lags behind in delivering widely accessable 21st century communications  advancements.

If American media continues down this current path of reckless corporate consolidation, Copps sees a future of a “cable-ized” internet full of sound bites, info-tainment, and gatekeepers with little real investigative journalism to inform the American public.

Copps sits down for a talk with Patt about the future of media in the United States. 

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