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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.

  • Free Press, Allies and Citizens Tell FCC to Reshape Media for the Better

    May 10, 2010

    Friday marked the public’s last chance to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission’s Future of Media initiative, and people didn’t hold back from telling the agency they want a better media system.

    This proceeding represents an ambitious yet critical undertaking by the FCC to examine the news and information needs of communities in light of economic and technological shifts in the media industry. The agency is reviewing media laws that shape everything we see, read and hear, and asked the public to weigh in.

  • The FCC's Moment of Truth

    May 10, 2010

    The Federal Communications Commission’s announcement last week that it will pursue a “Third Way” approach to its oversight of broadband networks has stirred up intense reactions among stakeholders. It is a monumental decision.

  • Net Neutrality’s Weird Week

    May 7, 2010

    On Thursday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski blinked. He balked. He backed away from phone and cable companies and moved toward broadband policies that will preserve the open Internet and promote universal access.

  • FCC Backs Away from Cliff, Charts New Course for Broadband Policy

    May 6, 2010

    Last month, a court case brought by Comcast revoked the authority of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet service providers. This decision placed President Obama’s key technology priorities -- like bringing fast, affordable, neutral Internet into every home -- on the edge of a precipice.

  • Moffett's Factless Self-Fulfilling Prophecy about the FCC

    May 6, 2010

    The FCC today put forth a proposal to address looming jurisdictional questions stemming from last month’s court decision.

  • The Future of Journalism on the Streets of Detroit

    May 6, 2010

    Journalists are paid to be more connected and tuned in than the average person. A paradox of the modern news business is that, whether by accident or design, journalists are a highly cloistered bunch.

    In the interests of objectivity, we have put ourselves at a remove from the communities in which we live--choosing instead to work the phones and computers from cubicles in newsrooms, and to head out to the streets when we have information to gather. There are many exceptions to this. But in my experience, this is how it is in most newsrooms.

    At a distance, our audience becomes an abstraction. We unwittingly design our coverage for our fellow editors and reporters, not for an audience whose unmet information needs we should know intimately and seek to fill.

  • FCC to Restore Authority Over Net Neutrality, Broadband Service: Netroots Backlash Cited

    May 6, 2010

    In response to widespread netroots backlash, the chairman of the FCC has decided to choose a path toward a broadband policy framework that will protect Net Neutrality and promote universal access.

  • Congress to FCC: Do Whatever It Takes to Protect the Internet

    May 5, 2010

    Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski received a strong message from Congress: Do whatever it takes to protect the Internet and put the FCC's authority over Internet providers like Comcast and AT&T back on firm legal ground.

  • Give The People What They Want

    May 5, 2010

    Most people, from local citizens to working journalists, foundations to academics, policy makers and even some publishers, agree that the business model for journalism is broken. The experimentation we are seeing emerge at the local, state and national level is encouraging, but also highlights the fact that commercial media is failing to meet the information needs of communities.

  • Will the FCC Abandon President Obama’s Broadband Agenda While Pretending to Carry It Out?

    May 4, 2010

    While campaigning for the presidency, Barack Obama promised he would “take a backseat to no one in my commitment to Net Neutrality.”

    Well, it appears the president is now content not only to take a backseat, but willing to hand the keys over to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and let him drive the entire Obama broadband agenda off a cliff.

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