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Welcome to the Free Press blog! We post several times a week on everything from Internet access to free speech to media mergers, so check back often to see what we’re up to.

  • Dial F-C-C for Net Neutrality

    August 4, 2010

    Chances are you’re holding your phone. Or it’s in your pocket, or at least within arms length. Wherever it is, grab it, and then dial 202 – 418 –1000 and ask for Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Sen. Franken Petitions for Net Neutrality

    August 3, 2010

    If we could design an Internet-saving superhero, it might just be in the likes of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.

  • The Corporate Deal to Control Your Internet

    August 2, 2010

    Washington is under siege over Net Neutrality.

    On the one side, elected officials and regulators have heard from millions of citizens demanding that Washington protect this rule that preserves the Internet's open architecture.

  • What’s Your Big Idea?

    July 28, 2010

    Have a great idea for better media? We want to hear it.

    Free Press is excited to announce the call for suggestions for the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform. It's your chance to submit your ideas for sessions, presenters or topics for next year's big event.

  • Jailbreaking Your iPhone: Now Perfectly Legal

    July 26, 2010

    The Library of Congress made a big, unexpected decision today, announcing that users who unlock or jailbreak their mobile phones are within the legal clear — they're not violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It's a big win for openness.

  • Sen. Franken to the Netroots: Only You Can Stop a Corporate Takeover of Free Speech

    July 26, 2010

    Over the weekend, Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) made the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's acquiescence to these corporations, frighteningly clear.

  • Make a Net Neutrality Video, Win a Prize

    July 22, 2010

    It’s not every week that you can possibly win a prize by fighting for real Net Neutrality, but this is one of them.

  • Phone and Cable Money Continues to Flood Washington

    July 21, 2010

    The phone and cable companies released their second quarter federal lobbying reports today, and it comes as no surprise that they’re still flooding Washington with money to influence media policy and woo lawmakers.

  • The Big Industry Lie: Regulation = Job Loss

    July 20, 2010

    My old friend Jay Stuckey has a saying that has stuck with me for decades: “Don’t let them piss on your leg and tell you that it’s raining.”

    When Jay used it he was referring to politicians who lied to scare up votes. Today, this adage refers to powerful corporations that lie to scare politicians.

  • Journalism’s Hybrid System

    July 20, 2010

    Last week, Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Journalism Needs Government Help.” As Bollinger argues, evidence is mounting that there simply is not enough private capital from traditional revenue sources such as advertising, subscriptions and philanthropy to pay for the quality journalism our communities need. Slowly but surely, people are conceding that there is a role for carefully crafted public policy that will foster a new age of innovative, diverse, local and hard-hitting reporting.

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people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good