Press Releases

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Recent press releases are below. You may download our media kit here.

  • Citizens demand end to fake news, FCC responds

    April 14, 2005

    WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday night, the Federal Communications Commission called on all television newscasters to clearly disclose the origin of video news releases (VNRs) used on their programs.

  • Cable industry’s campaign of deceit ends in defeat in Arizona

    April 12, 2005

    NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Free Press, the national, nonpartisan media reform group, today applauded the defeat of Arizona House Bill 2563 – which would have gutted local "franchise fees" across the state that sustain local media and support public safety.

  • New reports make definitive case for Municipal Broadband

    April 11, 2005

    WASHINGTON – Municipal broadband networks can provide an essential catalyst for market competition, economic development, and the achievement of universal, affordable Internet access, according to three new reports released today by the Media Access Project (MAP), Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Free Press, and the Florida Municipal Electric Association.

  • New report analyzes critical role of peer-to-peer in technological innovation and economic growth

    March 22, 2005

    WASHINGTON – High-tech entrepreneurs and consumers eagerly embrace peer-to-peer networks and believe the technology fosters economic, technological and social innovation, according to a new report released today by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA).

  • Concerned citizens flood FCC with demands to stop fake news

    March 21, 2005

    WASHINGTON — Free Press, the nonpartisan media reform group, and the Center for Media and Democracy filed a complaint (PDF) with the Federal Communications Commission today, urging FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin to investigate broadcasters who distribute government-sponsored news reports without identifying their source.

  • Low Power FM radio supporters praise FCC action

    March 18, 2005

    Low power FM (LPFM) broadcasters and supporters praised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for beginning a new proceeding to promote LPFM.

  • Kevin Martin to be named new FCC chief

    March 16, 2005

    The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Kevin Martin will be named this week as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, replacing Michael Powell. Robert W. McChesney, founder and president of the nonpartisan media reform group Free Press, made the following statement:

  • Low Power FM advocates fight to preserve slots for local broadcasts

    March 10, 2005

    Upon learning that three individuals have improperly obtained some 4,000 FM non-commercial radio station authorizations free of charge for the purpose of resale for profit, a coalition of Low Power FM (LPFM) radio advocates have filed an emergency petition calling upon the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose an immediate national freeze on the authorization of new FM translator stati

  • FCC takes important step to promote wireless broadband

    March 10, 2005

    WASHINGTON, DC – Media Access Project (MAP), Free Press, and the New America Foundation praised the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today for taking an important step in promoting shared spectrum in the 3650-3700 MHz band order released today.

  • Consumer and Public Interest Groups File Briefs in Grokster Case

    March 1, 2005

    WASHINGTON -- Four major consumer and public-interest groups today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the balance between copyright and technological innovation from the 1984 Sony Betamax case that allowed use of video recorders.


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