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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

Net Neutrality Gains Support from 150 Nonprofit and Allied Organizations

[Source: Save the Internet, by Megan Tady, June 30, 2010]
Nonprofit organizations clearly understand the power of the Internet to help create social change, and yesterday 150 public interest and allied organizations signed a letter to the Federal ...

Net Neutrality Opponents Outspending Proponents More Than 4 to 1

[Source: Read Write Web, by Marshall Kirkpatrick, June 29, 2010]
Companies opposed to Network Neutrality spent more than 4 times as much money on lobbying last quarter than organizations in support of it, according to a report on new hearings on the subject by ...

Observers Say Decision May Force FCC's Hand

[Source: National Journal, by Juliana Gruenwald, April 6, 2010]
The FCC signaled Tuesday that it will continue to pursue efforts to ensure network neutrality despite an appeals court ruling that said the agency overstepped its authority when it cracked down on ...

F.C.C. Rules for Broadband Fairness Set Aside by Court

[Source: The New York Times, by Edward Wyatt, April 6, 2010]
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that regulators had limited power over Web traffic under current law.  The decision will allow Internet service companies to block or ...

The Internet’s Last Hope

[Source: Mother Jones, by Nick Baumann; April 9, 2010]How the Federal Communications Commission can save the world (wide web).

Net Neutrality Is Not Some Marxist Plot

[Source: Christian Coalition: Capitol Hill Update; April 7, 2010]What do the Christian Coalition of America, the Gunowners of America, the National Religious Broadcasters and the Parents ...

Google, Yahoo and Other Companies to Be Targeted in Complaint to FTC

[Source:, by Mike Swift; April 8, 2010]Privacy advocates plan to file a complaint with federal regulators today against tracking and profiling practices used by Google, Yahoo, ...

Digital Economy Bill Passes in U.K.

[Source:, by Karl Bode; April 8, 2010]Welcome to your new entertainment industry nanny state

More Major Decisions Coming on Net Neutrality

[Source: The San Francisco Chronicle; April 8, 2010]Internet service providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T won a major court fight to run their data pipes as they want.  It was a legal ...

Free Community Papers Supporting Net Neutrality

[Source: Editor & Publisher, by Mark Fitzgerald; April 7, 2010]CHICAGO - At least one part of the newspaper industry is not staying neutral on net neutrality - free community papers.