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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.

  • Jon Stewart and Fast Moves at the FCC

    May 17, 2011

    Yes, Jon Stewart, that was fast. Last night, the Daily Show laid into FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker for taking a job as a Comcast lobbyists soon after approving the controversial Comcast/NBC-Universal merger.

    Baker was nearly lobbying for Comcast before she was officially offered a gig with the company. In January, Baker not only voted to approve the massive media merger, she also chastised the FCC for taking too long to deliberate on the merger. Now, she’s leaving the FCC to take a title she's already earned: senior vice president of government affairs (aka, head lobbyist). 

  • Same Old Song: Another Radio Merger

    May 16, 2011

    It's the same old song – both on the radio, and in politics. Another mega media merger is looming. Radio giant Cumulus is attempting to acquire radio giant Citadel, giving Cumulus massive control over the airwaves, and leaving the public with even less choices in programming and music on the radio.

    On Friday, Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission expressing doubt about the public interest benefits of the merger.

  • Pressure Builds After Baker Leaves FCC Post for Comcast

    May 13, 2011

    Late Wednesday night, it was revealed that Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker was leaving her post to become one of Comcast’s head lobbyists. This comes just four months after she voted to approve that company’s massive takeover of NBC-Universal.

  • FCC Commissioner Cashes in at Your Expense

    May 12, 2011

    Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker will reportedly depart the agency in June to occupy a corner office at Comcast-NBC -- the company whose multi-billion mega-merger she approved just months ago.

  • One More Washington Regulator Cashes in at Your Expense

    May 12, 2011

    Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker will reportedly depart the agency in June to occupy a corner office at Comcast-NBC -- the company whose multi-billion mega-merger she approved just months ago.

    In so doing she joins a long line of "public servants" who have spun government jobs into gold at the expense of the American people they're supposed to represent.

  • Data Roaming Is a Wireless Win

    May 12, 2011

    The Federal Communications Commission (finally) adopted an order to implement one of the significant recommendations of its National Broadband Plan: data roaming for mobile broadband services.

  • Cracking the Case of the Disappearing Public Access Channels

    May 11, 2011

    When people think about funding cuts and public media, they usually think about NPR and PBS, but a recent report reveals that another vital community media source is perhaps even more threatened: Public, Educational and Governmental access stations, otherwise known as PEG stations.

    There is now fresh data on the funding cuts and closures of PEG access cable channels throughout the country, thanks to a study released by the Buske Group and the Alliance for Communications Democracy in early April. The study compared the funding of PEG access centers over a five year period between 2005 and 2010, uncovering the rapid erosion of a vital local resource.

  • The Millennial Generation's Hope: The Internet

    May 10, 2011

    As graduation season arrives, the online chatter has increased about a generation in peril: the Millennials. Van Jones and Lindsay McClusky said this in their recent Huffington Post article:

    • Al Franken Makes Senate Stand for Net Neutrality

      May 5, 2011

      Sen. Al Franken took to the Senate floor late Wednesday to call on his colleagues to reject a House effort to take away our most basic Net Neutrality freedoms.

      Last month, the House voted on a "resolution of disapproval" that would strip the FCC of any authority to safeguard freedom of speech and freedom of choice on the Internet.

    • Gov. Perdue Must Protect Broadband in North Carolina

      May 5, 2011

      North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has a chance to save community broadband in her state. Can she do it?

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