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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.

  • Why I'm Optimistic about the Future of Local Media

    September 8, 2011

    In a recent radio interview I was asked about my optimism regarding the local media movement — an umbrella term covering vibrant local community TV and radio outlets and emerging nonprofit journalism websites, as well as blogs, media literacy projects, digital justice coalitions and media reform groups. The interviewer pressed me to offer concrete examples of the impact these outlets are having — how they are shaping the national debate, moving key issues forward and changing the lives of local people and communities.

  • Telecom Front Group Misrepresents Net Neutrality

    September 6, 2011

    I don’t believe that money is speech, but I’ve seen that money motivates dishonest speech, much of it uttered by paid “experts.” This kind of dishonesty comes up with many issues, including the important and misunderstood matter of Net Neutrality.

  • Victories of People-Powered Lobbying

    September 1, 2011

    It’s easy to feel overpowered when you go up against the big guys. But with power in numbers and the facts on your side, it is possible for the little guys to win out over the big ones. Wednesday morning was one of those moments.

    The Department of Justice filed suit early Wednesday to block the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile — a huge victory for the public interest. Despite the army of lobbyists that AT&T employs, the arguments against this merger and the facts to support them won out. The voices of everyday people who reject the combination of higher prices and fewer choices in the wireless market have come one step closer to victory.

  • Victories of People-Powered Lobbying

    September 1, 2011

    It’s easy to feel overpowered when you go up against the big guys. But with power in numbers and the facts on your side, it is possible for the little guys to win out over the big ones. Wednesday morning was one of those moments.

  • For AT&T Merger, Facts Trump Politics

    August 31, 2011

    Today the Justice Department filed suit to block AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

  • Stand Up for Your City's Airwaves

    August 26, 2011

    It’s not often that the FCC asks us how to do its job. But Sept. 6 is the deadline for the public to respond to a pretty exciting question: “Should we set aside channels for community radio in big and medium-sized cities?”

    You don’t hear questions like that every day. In fact, media activists fought for more than a decade to put this idea on the table.

  • Vote for Media Reform!

    August 25, 2011

    Do you believe in fighting mega media mergers?

    Do you want to battle bad media?

    Do you organize using your cellphone?

    Are you interested in the future of journalism?

    Then click the links below to give Free Press media reformers a “thumbs up.”

  • Vote for Media Reform!

    August 25, 2011

    Do you believe in fighting mega media mergers?

    Do you want to battle bad media?

    Do you organize using your cellphone?

    Are you interested in the future of journalism?

    Then click the links below to give Free Press media reformers a “thumbs up.”

  • Shake-Up: Where Earthquakes and Media Policy Collide

    August 24, 2011

    I grew up in California, spent most of my life there and experienced many earthquakes, including the deadly 6.9 Loma Prieta quake of 1989. So the 5.8 earthquake that rattled Washington, D.C., Tuesday was not (you’ll pardon the pun) as earth-shaking for me as it was for many people who felt the ground beneath them move in ways utterly new and foreign.

  • FCC to AT&T: Is That Your Final Answer?

    August 24, 2011

    Last Thursday five AT&T employees and twelve of its outside attorneys, from six different firms, got on a conference call with thirty-two officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. All told there were close to 50 people participating in the meeting.

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