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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.

  • Netroots to FCC: Inaction Is Not an Option

    May 4, 2010

    Leaders of the Internet’s grassroots community have made it clear that inaction by the FCC is not an option when it comes to keeping the Web open and accessible.

  • Yes We Won’t?

    May 4, 2010

    Co-authored by Amalia Deloney and Steven Renderos.

  • Lawmakers' Love-Hate Relationship with Innovation

    May 4, 2010

    Recently the House Republican leadership of Representatives John Boehner and Eric Cantor, among others, sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Administration Committee requesting to be able to use video conferencing tools like Skype to communicate with constituents.

  • Law Professors Defend History of Title II for Broadband

    May 3, 2010

    Last Friday, advocates for open Internet protections and universal service for broadband got some high-profile help in the form of a letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski from three law professors, all experts on telecommunications law and open Internet rules.

  • If Journalism Were a Park

    May 3, 2010

    If journalism were a park, what sort of park would it be? Strange question? Maybe, but how we answer it could help determine how we approach the future of journalism.

    Last week at a conference in Stanford, NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen used a tale of two parks to discuss how the Internet has reshaped journalism. He first described the pristine, quiet, private Gramercy Park, a gated green space that most New Yorkers aren’t allowed to visit , and compared it to the grittier, vibrant, public Washington Square Park near NYU’s campus.

  • FCC to Abandon Net Neutrality?

    May 3, 2010

    Is the Obama FCC siding with the largest cable and phone companies, and against Net Neutrality and universal Internet access?

    The Obama administration has long vowed to protect Net Neutrality and bridge the digital divide, and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski picked up this baton when he took up his post last year. But now Genachowski appears to be wavering.

  • Light-Touch Broadband Reclassification Gets More Support

    May 3, 2010

    In the wake of the D.C. Circuit’s opinion in Comcast v. FCC, the FCC faces a difficult decision. Behind door No. 1 is reclassification, which will require the agency to tackle head-on stiff political opposition from broadband carriers. Behind door No. 2 is the empty shell of ancillary authority, which will risk further court losses and ultimately a tarnished legacy.

  • Peeking Behind the Broadband Rate Increase Curtain

    April 30, 2010

    If you are a Comcast customer, you probably recently received your annual (or bi-annual) rate increase notice. If so, you'll notice that Comcast increased the price of broadband on their low and mid-tier packages.

  • Net Neutrality and the Future of the Arts

    April 30, 2010

    Americans for the Arts brings advocates who are working in the arts to Washington, D.C., for a one-day conference every year. The conference gives people a 101 training in doing advocacy work and the current issues that are affecting all aspects of the arts, from funding to creation to distribution.

  • Largent Drops Ball on Broadband

    April 29, 2010

    Today, Steve Largent replied to my recent op-ed in the Seattle Times. As best I can tell from his letter to the editor, Largent––former Seattle Seahawk superstar turned top D.C.

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