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  • FCC Commissioner McDowell Wrong on Net Neutrality and Investment

    October 19, 2012

    Washington, D.C., is often referred to as a “bubble,” and for good reason. On any given day there will be some kind of panel at an industry-funded “think tank” that includes regulators or other government officials speaking about the ills of government — and the virtues of unrestrained monopoly. This week we got two of these bubble moments courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Your Lying TV

    October 19, 2012

    In 2012, politics are all about spreading lies and making money.

    And we’re not talking nickels and dimes. Campaigns and Super PACs are raising billions of dollars to win over voters. A large chunk of that money ends up in the pockets of local broadcasters who are selling off the airwaves to place political ads. And way too many of these ads are dishonest.

    If you're a television viewer in a battleground market that means having to endure a relentless stream of misinformation. Best estimates are that more than half a million political ads will air nationwide by Election Day.

  • Newsweek Bids Adieu to Print

    October 18, 2012

    If you’ve long enjoyed cradling a copy of Newsweek like it was your very own baby, you’d best stock up on old issues: The magazine is moving to an all-digital format in early 2013 and will be rechristened as Newsweek Global.

  • Entrepreneurs, Farmers and Students Bond With the Declaration of Internet Freedom

    October 17, 2012
    One way we work to protect online openness is by telling stories about the ways in which we use the Web to support our businesses, connect with our families and learn new skills. Earlier this month, reddit staff, startup founders and open Internet activists piled into Sen. John McCain’s former campaign bus to tour the Midwest and collect those stories.
  • In Las Vegas, the News Don't Come Cheap

    October 17, 2012

    It’s a known fact that TV stations are hitting the jackpot this year when it comes to political ads. But one city is taking it to a whole new level.

    The New York Times reported that Las Vegas has reached the top of the charts for the number of political ads aired — clocking in at about 10,000 ads per week, with at least 98 different ads in rotation.

  • No Kidding: Americans Pay More for Less

    October 16, 2012
    Spoiler alert: Americans pay more for high-speed mobile Internet service than anyone else. The culprit: the absence of real competition in the wireless market.
  • You're Invited!

    October 16, 2012

    There's a party coming to Denver next April. And Free Press is throwing it.

    At the National Conference for Media Reform, you’ll meet up with activists from around the country and get inspired about ways to change the media and build a better democracy. Our conference truly has it all: hands-on workshops, speeches, networking opportunities — even dance-offs.

  • The Internet as Political Lie Detector

    October 12, 2012

    In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth.

    A new Google poll found that 64 percent of battleground-state voters have used the Internet to fact-check the candidates in 2012.

  • Film Highlights Predatory Prison Phone Rates

    October 12, 2012
    This Friday, the film Middle of Nowhere will open in several cities around the country. The film explores a woman’s struggle to stay in touch with her incarcerated husband. This is a challenge facing many families, and a big part of it is due to the high cost of prison phone calls — as much as $17 for a 15-minute call.
  • The Impact of Public Media: 'I Learned to Read and Count to 100'

    October 11, 2012

    Public media reaches nearly every household in the United States, from sea to shining sea. This week, Americans stood up in record numbers in support of Big Bird, NPR and PBS. But we wanted to find out why public media matters to so many people — so we asked America to tell us.

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