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Download the 2017 Conference on Communications Policy Report

While greater consumer choice in media has spurred connectedness and diversity of creative voices, it can breed fragmentation, which in turn can degrade public debate. Participants of the 32nd Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy, which took place in Aspen, Colorado in August 2017, explored policies for the new media landscape and identified two issues stakeholders should confront going forward: inclusion and content quality. Conferees grounded their recommendations in current Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s statement of principles – digital empowerment, the need for ubiquitous Internet access, the power of competitive free markets, and light-touch regulation. The report, written by John Horrigan, includes three proposals to address challenges in the new media landscape, such as investment in access and inclusion, changes in regulation to promote network deployment, and leadership and education.

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