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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.

  • AT&T’s Latest Tactic: Rewrite History

    September 9, 2010

    AT&T can’t seem to get its story straight on Net Neutrality. For years, company spokespeople had claimed that the issue was a "solution in search of a problem."

    Over the last week, they’ve unwittingly defined the problem and it is … AT&T.

  • Journalism Debates Here and Abroad

    September 7, 2010

    I recently had the good fortune to talk at length with Sven Egil Omdal, a journalist from Norway who is in the US on a sabbatical and is studying journalism’s digital transition. We talked about newspaper economics, new models and experiments, the future of public media and the role of public policy. I was intrigued by the similarities and the differences in how this debate is unfolding in Scandinavia as compared to the US.

  • Net Neutrality Supports Independent Art

    September 3, 2010

    Dear Fans of the First Amendment:

  • AT&T’s Masquerade over Paid Discrimination

    September 3, 2010

    There have been quite a few punches thrown recently over the concept of “paid prioritization.” Free Press and AT&T have each taken swings over the

  • AT&T’s Masquerade over Paid Discrimination

    September 2, 2010

    There have been quite a few punches thrown recently over the concept of “paid prioritization.” Free Press and AT&T have each taken swings ove

  • Latino Freedom is Internet Freedom

    September 1, 2010

    Two separate, but intertwining trends -- the intense political activism of country's nearly 50 million Latinos and the historic fight to keep the internet as it is: free, flat and open-are fundamentally altering the meaning of freedom in the United States.

  • Inconvenient Truths – A Closer Look at Industry Misdirection

    August 27, 2010

    In the latest game of “back and forth with industry lobbyists,” Verizon responded to a Free Press statement strongly criticizing its assertion that the Go

  • Is the FCC Reading from the MMS Playbook?

    August 26, 2010

    If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read this piece that ran in the Washington Post.

  • Is the FCC Reading from the MMS Playbook?

    August 25, 2010

    If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read this piece that ran today in the Washington Post. Really, do it. I’ll wait. This is me waiting.

    “How the Minerals Management Service’s partnership with industry led to failure” is a play-by-play of how lax government regulation and industry-written rules led to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and brought a U.S. government agency to its knees. It eerily foreshadows where the Federal Communications Commission could be headed if Chairman Julius Genachowski doesn’t stand up to the industry he is in charge of overseeing.

  • Ongoing Efforts to Map Our Information Needs

    August 24, 2010

    At the Free Press Summit: Ideas to Action this past April, nearly 100 participants attended a breakout session to talk about mapping local media ecosystems and meeting the information needs of communities. The session built on the ideas presented in the Knight Commission report, “Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age,” and produced a vibrant discussion that made clear there is a lot of exciting but disparate work happening in this area, and a lot of enthusiasm for making connections between media makers, researchers and communities. You can read a write up of the session here.

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