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  • FCC Proposal for a Payola Internet Would End Net Neutrality

    April 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal reports that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose a new set of rules issued in response to a January federal court decision that tossed out the agency's prior Open Internet rules.

  • Justice Dept. Pushes FCC to Take a Closer Look at Sharing Arrangements; Free Press Responds

    February 21, 2014

    On Thursday, the Justice Department sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission noting that broadcast-television station-sharing arrangements harm competition and deserve a far closer degree of scrutiny.

  • Free Press: FCC Action Will Not Protect Free Speech Online

    February 19, 2014
    WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced it will seek input on whether the agency has the authority to prevent phone and cable companies from blocking or otherwise discriminating against content online. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's statement is the agency’s response to a Jan. 14 federal appeals court ruling that recognized the importance of Net Neutrality protections but struck down the FCC's flawed legal theory for adopting those rules.
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  • Free Press Letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

    On Feb. 7, Free Press sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding classification of broadband.

    February 10, 2014
  • The skin the sun gave me

    Read this poem written and performed by 17-year-old Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Obasi Davis at the #OaklandVoices Town Hall on Jan. 9, 2014.

    January 9, 2014
  • #OaklandVoices: The Facts About Media Inequality in the Bay Area

    The Bay Area is the nation’s sixth-largest television market and fourth-largest radio market. But just a tiny handful of media companies own almost all of the media outlets in this region. Click the link below to learn more.

    January 8, 2014
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News from Around the Web

  • The Decades-Old Idea That Could Break the Net Neutrality Logjam

    Washington Post
    April 21, 2014

    Ever since the D.C. Circuit court ruled that the government can't ban Internet providers from blocking or prioritizing Web traffic, the FCC has been looking for a way to get around the ruling. For Net Neutrality advocates, the few proposals that have emerged so far aren't satisfying; they're all a little risky, and they aren't guaranteed to produce the results that the FCC wants.

  • How the FCC Is Expanding Transparency

    Sunlight Foundation
    April 11, 2014

    The FCC just made the cost of a Senate seat a lot easier to calculate. Last week, the FCC quietly signaled that — opposition from the National Association of Broadcasters notwithstanding — all broadcast TV stations must begin posting political ad buys online as of July 1.

  • Comcast Faces Senate Grilling on Time Warner Cable Deal

    April 11, 2014

    Comcast's executive vice president testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend a $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

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