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GFEM is an advocate to our grantmaker colleagues, encouraging them to fund innovative media arts and public interest media—through support of content, infrastructure, and policy—as a vital form of cultural expression and essential component of our democracy. Whether providing support for documentary or narrative films, or efforts to close the national or international “digital divide,” or supporting advocacy and educational organizations to keep the Internet unrestricted, or highlighting media advancements being made in developing countries, or the evolving media policies in developed nations-GFEM’s aim is to provide small and large funders alike with information to assist them in making decisions about supporting the interconnected areas of media content, infrastructure and policy.


A television program or film puts a face on an issue. A radio news feature or documentary brings a tangible reality to recited facts. Video streamed on a website underscores issues presented in plain text and can move people to action. Whether the content is targeted to public or commercial media outlets, funders need a working understanding of the entire media landscape in order to be most effective in their grantmaking. View Content articles


A high-speed, unfettered Internet, community-based media arts organizations, PBS, NPR, Public/Educational/Government (PEG) public access stations, or mobile phones are all a part of our media infrastructure—GFEM provides funders with information to help them in supporting media infrastructure, whether local, national, or international. View Infrastructure articles


Restrictive media policies can curtail access to the content we do have through the infrastructure we currently have in place. There are clear roles for funders to play in helping to address media policy issues and GFEM works to keep funders abreast of the constantly shifting media policy environment. View Policy articles

Spot.Us Has Been Acquired By Public Insight Network

[Source: DigiDave, November 29, 2011]
Spot.Us + PIN = Rocking

Chart: States Squeeze Funding for Public Media

[Source: The Atlantic, by Brian Resnick, November 16, 2011]
  In the age of tight budgets and rallying cries for fiscal conservatism, public media has not fared well. During the spring and summer budget debates, one program facing the chopping block was ...

Net Neutrality Survives Senate, But Advocates Push for Stronger Reforms

[Source: ColorLines, by Jamilah King, November 11, 2011]
On Thursday, the Senate voted against a resolution to do away with federal net neutrality rules that work to maintain openness on the Internet.

Intelligent Television's Announces New "Intelligent Channel"

Intelligent Television, along with other content producers, has announced a partnership with YouTube to create original programming (see this article for more on YouTube's big programming push). ...

Looks Like Congress Has Declared War on the Internet

[Source: GigaOm, by Mathew Ingram, October 27, 2011]
Many Internet users in the United States have watched with horror as countries like France and Britain have proposed or instituted so-called “three strikes” laws, which cut off Internet access to ...

Selling Our Wireless Future

[Source: The Huffington Post, by Yochai Benkler, October 27, 2011]
As the deficit supercommittee searches every corner to make budgetary ends meet, one solution they are considering, "incentive auctions" of the TV bands, could threaten the future of wireless ...

Technology: A Bipartisan Attempt to Regulate the Internet?

[Source: The Los Angeles Times, by Jon Healey, October 26, 2011]
Leaders of the House Judiciary Committee introduced a beefed-up version Wednesday of the Senate Judiciary Committee's proposed Protect IP Act, offering Hollywood new tools to go after foreign ...

After the Stimulus: Broadband and Economic Development

[Source: Fighting the Next Good Fight, by Craig Settles, October 4, 2011]
One of the big debates that goes on constantly is the one that asks, what’s the real economic development value of broadband? Of special interest to me, of course, is community broadband – ...

FCC Engages in More Empty Broadband Showmanship

[Source: Broadband, by Karl Bode, October 13, 2011]
'Connect to Compete' Plan Completely Ignores Competition

FCC Must Protect Consumer in Telecom Reforms

[Source: The Seattle Times, by Simon Ffitch, September 21, 2011]
As the Federal Communications Commission considers reforms that will affect consumers' access to broadband and how much they pay, guest columnist Simon ffitch argues that telecom subsides should ...