In an era of unreliable news, it’s more important than ever to find an outlet that is dedicated to providing you with the Joe Friday “just-the-facts, ma’am” approach, designed to give you what you need to know to make the best decisions you need to.
When it comes to Net Neutrality, broadband issues, and reporting on the business side of broadband/cable providers, the watchdog writers over at Stop the Cap do just that.
Combining advocacy with journalism, they are focused on reporting on both consumer protection and pro-consumer actions that allow the consumer to have more freedom in the marketplace, with protections against usage based caps or pricing. Supported only by contributions from their readers, they routinely turn down offers for advertisement from the broadband/cable industry, and it maintains no ties to any political group, special interest lobbying firms, or other commercial interests.
That’s pretty unique – funding for most sites covering the issue can be tied back to special interest groups on both sides.
A quick glance at their home page reveals timely articles on topics as diverse as Comcast’s December round of layoffs, extended phone services outages in rural West Virginia due to copper thefts, and the ongoing cable outages in Puerto Rico (which, seriously? Still?) and are presented in a updated, fact-supported, easily digestible manner. And they’ve been around for a few months shy of a decade – that’s nearly a billion years in internet years as sites tend to die within the first two years.
The site isn’t pretty, but their approach and stance on fair reporting, with their outlook on supporting the consumer make this a quick read to help you make better choices in the marketplace. It also serves as a truly meaningful way for the cable and internet industry to be held accountable, as well as politicians that are making policy decisions on these topics.