At the end of 2010, the Federal Communications Commission passed
a set of “Open Internet” rules. The agency claimed these rules made Net
Neutrality — the notion that we should be able to connect to any website or
application without carrier interference — the law of the land.
The FCC’s rules contain a series of significant loopholes. Most importantly,
they fail to protect wireless Internet users from carriers like AT&T and
Verizon that seek to block our freedom to connect at will.
Two new videos document the dangers of an approaching wireless-cable monster known in some circles as “Verizilla.”
This monster would rise out of a toxic deal between Verizon and a cable cabal of Comcast, Cox and Time Warner Cable. The group wants to divvy up the wireless Internet market and get rid of any meaningful competition among the companies involved.
annual Pew State of the News Media reportis like a yearly physical exam for journalism in America. This
year the prognosis is mixed, at best. Newspapers are still raking in double-digit
operating margins, but after years of consolidation they are over-leveraged
with debt that is cutting into their profits. There are more hours of news on
local TV, but much of it consists of rebroadcasts, meaning there is actually
less original reporting. Tablets and mobile devices are driving significant new
traffic to news sites, but monetizing that traffic is still difficult.
Earlier this month, we issued a challenge to our members.
We asked them to take a day off from work, visit their local television
stations and … rifle through their filing cabinets.
It’s not the most glamorous gig, but over 100 people all
over the country came forward to volunteer. The public files our television
stations are required to maintain can give us insights into the inner workings
of the political ad machine. They can also help us understand how each media
outlet serves — or fails to serve — its community.
Your cable and wireless
companies are getting into bed together.
Verizon has struck a
sweetheart deal with a cartel of cable companies — including Comcast, Time
Warner Cable and Cox Communications — in which they’ve agreed to stop competing
against one another. The new plan? To divvy up
the spoils of the growing mobile market.
should we respond to the unprecedented rise in attacks on freedom of the press
we are witnessing worldwide?
foreign correspondents and citizen reporters being targeted and killed in Syria
cases of press suppression and intimidation here at home, recent months
have provided a series of stark reminders about the risks journalists take to
bring us the news we need.
This month, Free Press staff will zigzag across the United States to meet with activists and allies, give talks, inspire action — and listen and learn alongside others engaged in the movement to change our media. Among the cities in our itinerary are Washington, D.C., Boulder, Colo., Los Angeles and Detroit. But that’s not all …
Welcome to Sunshine
Week — a time to stand up for the importance of open government and freedom of information. And what better time
than the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, when winter shadows are receding
and the sun begins to usher in new life.
But as we all know, the metaphor is aspirational. In
reality, darkness still obscures information that the public needs to participate
fully in our democracy. That’s why, in honor of Sunshine Week, Free Press
volunteers all over the country will be shining their own lights on their local
media outlets. Starting today and continuing all week long, our volunteers will
be paying visits to their local TV stations to inspect their public files.