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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.

  • Will Congress Give Obama the ‘Mubarak Option’?

    February 3, 2011

    When millions took to the streets of Egypt last week to protest the Mubarak regime and call for democratic reform, the Egyptian government responded by cutting off Internet access and people’s ability to communicate with one another and the outside world.

  • Another Attack on New Jersey Media

    February 3, 2011

    After a bruising battle over state funding for the New Jersey Network, the public media system in New Jersey, the state is now facing another assault on independent and non-commercial media. However, this new legislative challenge strikes at the heart of New Jersey's information infrastructure, threatening to eliminate low-cost Internet for schools and libraries, and decimating community access TV.

  • Audio Podcast: Defending Public Media

    January 28, 2011

    Oscar will have plenty to be grouchy about if bills in Congress become law. Three bills are circulating that would cut or even entirely eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting.

    In response to the attacks, public stations across the country have started a campaign called “170 Million Americans” to remind people of the benefits of public media. Jeff Nelson, managing director for public strategies for Minnesota Public Radio, reflects on the potential cuts in this week's podcast of Media Minutes. Listen here.

  • One U.S. Corporation's Role in Egypt's Brutal Crackdown

    January 28, 2011

    The open Internet's role in popular uprising is now undisputed.

  • The Comcast-NBC Merger: Why the FCC Should Be Held to a Higher Standard

    January 24, 2011

    Question: Two federal agencies review the same merger. Both agencies have jurisdiction to review the merger under U.S. law. The agencies review the merger during the same time period, and ultimately they reach the same decision – to approve the merger with conditions. One is right, the other is wrong. Why?

    This is not an SAT question – it really happened.

  • Verizon Loves Net Neutrality to Death

    January 21, 2011

    Verizon has a love-hate relationship with Net Neutrality. The company professes its love of the open Internet, but then tries to smother it with a pillow in the middle of the night.

  • Verizon iBandAid Doesn't Fix Wireless Industry

    January 20, 2011

    Think there’s more competition in the wireless industry, and thus better deals for consumers, just because Verizon is now carrying the iPhone? It's doubtful.

    The truth is, right now the carrier cartel is squeezing consumers as much as - if not more than - ever before, and the sense of competition between them is a fallacy.

  • Comcastrophe: Comcast-NBC Merger Approval Expected Today

    January 18, 2011

    Today, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to bless the merger of Comcast, the nation's largest cable and residential Internet provider, with NBC-Universal.

  • More on MetroPCS: Discrimination Just Isn't Reasonable

    January 12, 2011

    On Monday, Free Press, along with the Center for Media Justice, Media Access Project, New America Foundation Open Technology Institute and Presente.org, filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to investigate claims that new servic

  • Congress vs. Public Media

    January 11, 2011

    Congress is playing politics with a public trust that hundreds of millions of Americans rely on for news, arts and entertainment, and for educational programming for our kids.

    Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced two bills that would cut off federal funding for public broadcasting in America by defunding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 2013 and immediately eliminating “certain public radio funding.” The bills mirror earlier efforts by Lamborn to defund all public broadcasting.

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