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  • An Old Plan for New Media

    June 27, 2012

    Welcome to the Comcast Age.

    No, that's not a new corporate slogan, but the future facing Internet users everywhere.

    Cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner have come to dominate information access in the United States. And they're using this new power to squeeze out competitors and remake new media in their old image.

    For anyone online that means a future of fewer choices among broadband providers and less control over the digital diet that's fed across their networks.

  • Coalition to FCC: Take a Look at Black Radio

    June 26, 2012

    A few weeks ago, one of the most popular radio stations in New York City — 98.7 KISS-FM — abruptly shifted gears. Without warning, it abandoned its urban programming and switched to a sports-talk format.

    What happened? Disney took over programming for the station.

    The departure of KISS-FM leaves the country’s most populous city with only one urban adult contemporary station (WBLS 107.5) and without two of the nation’s most popular African-American radio talk shows, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Michael Baisden Show.

  • Bare Behinds Escape Fines

    June 21, 2012

    The saga of the bare bottom has come to an end, at least for now.

  • New Report: Cutting Public Media Funding 'Risks Collapse of the System'

    June 21, 2012

    According to a new independent analysis of funding sources for public media released Wednesday, “the loss of federal support for public broadcasting risks the collapse of the system.” Here at Free Press we’ve long made this same case about the crucial need for federal funding, but this report provides striking new evidence of just how bad it would be if this money were cut.

  • Welcome to the New Freepress.net

    June 20, 2012

    We’re excited to announce the launch of the brand-new website for Free Press and our Save the Internet campaign. The site features a fresh design and clean look with easy access to all of our actions, blog posts, press releases and resources.

    Our site was built for exploration. Take some time to poke around and discover the work we do. And don’t forget to take action on our campaigns for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism.

    Some of the site highlights include:

  • Verizon Fails the Laugh Test

    June 19, 2012

    It’s encouraging to see that some members on Capitol Hill haven’t forgotten why they’re in Washington: to serve the people who elected them — and not the companies that paid for their campaigns.

  • Hey, Broadcasters ... Where's the Beef?

    June 19, 2012

    Broadcasters are trying to gut the Federal Communications Commission's new rule requiring online posting of public and political files. Last month, the National Association of Broadcasters filed a lawsuit to reverse the FCC’s action. Another coalition of large TV station owners has formally asked the FCC to reconsider its decision. Broadcasters have also enlisted powerful allies in Congress in an effort to cut FCC funding to implement the rule.

  • Newsrooms Need to Do More to Reach Out to Communities

    June 15, 2012

    The media landscape is shifting and becoming more participatory, and people want to do more than just read the news. They want to be co-creators, collaborators and distributors.

    While newsrooms have invested in various forms of community engagement — from mobilizing local bloggers into coordinated networks to using robust social media strategies to organizing community events — there is still a lot we don’t know about how to assess and measure the impact of this work.

  • Verizon: Let Us Charge You More for Less!

    June 13, 2012

    On Monday, Verizon Wireless introduced data-sharing plans that will give users a monthly allotment of data to be used across all of their devices. The new option to share data will push customers to pay more for a limited amount of data, and it comes with a fee just to connect a device to the network. Even before using any shared data, a family of four would have to pay $160 each and every month just to connect four smartphones to Verizon's network.

  • NYPD Tries to Rewrite History

    June 8, 2012

    After becoming the epicenter for press suppression and journalist arrests over the last nine months, the NYPD is trying to rewrite history and pretend like nothing ever happened.

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