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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.

  • Big Win! AT&T Drops Its T-Mobile Takeover Bid

    December 19, 2011

    This is huge: AT&T just announced it’s finally abandoning its doomed merger with T-Mobile.

    For nearly a year, we've been showing that this deal would have only meant higher prices, fewer choices and tens of thousands of lost American jobs. Free Press knew it; the Department of Justice agreed; so did the FCC.

  • Stanford Law Prof Condemns Verizon App Blocking

    December 19, 2011

    Two weeks ago, various news outlets reported that Verizon Wireless’ new Galaxy Nexus phone, an Android device that went on sale last Thursday, will not support Google Wallet, Google’s mobile payment application. Based on what we know from press reports, it seems that Verizon Wireless is violating the open-devices and open-applications conditions in its legal licenses for part of the 700 MHz spectrum (the so-called “C-Block”) over which the company’s LTE network operates. There is, however, great uncertainty about what exactly is going on.

  • Free Speech Champion Christopher Hitchens Dies

    December 16, 2011

    Christopher Hitchens was a master at offending just about everybody in the room.

    Hitchens, who died Thursday from complications related to cancer, first earned his literary stripes as a political firebrand on the left. No cow was too sacred for Hitchens, an atheist who excoriated organized religion in God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything — and lambasted the previously untouchable Mother Teresa in The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. A longtime lefty, Hitchens alienated his former compatriots when he switched gear in the early aughts and defended the United States invasion of Iraq.

  • Two Important Victories

    December 15, 2011

    We just scored two important victories.

  • The Top 10 Ways the Carriers Tried to Screw Us in 2011

    December 15, 2011

    Another year, another 12 months in which the mobile carriers did their best to screw us.

    AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon do so many bad, annoying and anti-consumer things that it’s almost impossible to document it all. So below is a catalog of simply the most egregious acts the carriers perpetrated this year.

  • Verizon Blocks Again

    December 13, 2011

    Last week Verizon announced it was blocking Google’s new Galaxy Nexus phone from using Google Wallet, the mobile payment app.

  • Carrier IQ Continues to Dodge the Truth

    December 13, 2011

    The Wall Street Journal’s AllthingsD blog just posted an interview with Carrier IQ CEO Larry Lenhart and VP of Marketing Andrew Coward in which the two execs attempt to come clean about just what the heck Carrier IQ is doing with our sensitive mobile information.

  • NYPD: Elmo Safe, Journalists Not So Much

    December 13, 2011

    There is breaking news out of New York City today. The New York Police Department has announced that it is halting its crackdown on Elmo. Journalists, on the other hand, are out of luck.

  • Are Reader-Owned News Co-ops the Answer?

    December 12, 2011

    Maybe we’ve been looking for models in all the wrong places. To find the elusive secret to making Web journalism sustainable in community after community, maybe we need to take a peek behind the curtain into the secret sector of the economy.

  • The Real Government Takeover of the Internet

    December 9, 2011

    If you aren't familiar with SOPA — the House's "Stop Online Piracy Act" or its companion in the Senate (called PIPA or Protect IP) — you should be. This is legislation that would allow the U.S. government to require Internet Service Providers block websites without due process.

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