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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.

  • Black-Lives-Matter

    Finding Community Online After Ferguson

    December 3, 2014
    Last Monday night, I was struck by the fear that washed over me after the announcement in the Michael Brown case. Fear because I live in a country that blatantly disregards the value of some people simply because of the color of their skin. People who look like me.
  • taxes

    Claims That Real Net Neutrality Would Result in New Internet Tax Skew the Math and Confuse the Law

    December 2, 2014
    The anti-Net Neutrality crowd at the Progressive Policy Institute claims that Internet service providers and users would pay billions of dollars in new fees if the FCC reasserts its Title II authority. This is just another scare tactic designed to sink real Net Neutrality.
  • Net-Neutrality-rally

    Obama, the Telcos and Getting Net Neutrality Right

    December 1, 2014
    In November, President Obama called for strong open Internet protections. But telecom companies and others are continuing to spread misinformation about what real Net Neutrality would look like.
  • Ferguson

    Ferguson

    November 25, 2014
    A lot of us felt devastated after learning that Darren Wilson won’t be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown. We listened to prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s statement last night on cable news channels, public radio stations, YouTube webcasts and on-the-ground livestreams. We were glued to the media, old and new. And we went there to find community.
  • FCC-petition-delivery

    FCC, Deliver the Internet We Deserve

    November 24, 2014
    On Nov. 20, members of the Media Action Grassroots Network and our allies at ColorOfChange.org, Presente.org and Free Press met with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to deliver a letter signed by more than 90 racial justice and civil rights organizations.
  • Jennifer-Johns-Bay-Area-Speaks

    Bay Area Speaks: 'Net Neutrality Is Free Speech'

    November 21, 2014
    On Thursday night, the skies were overcast in San Francisco and threatening to storm. A group of Net Neutrality supporters standing on the steps of San Francisco City Hall opened their umbrellas as it began to pour. The group held out, chanting “Fair communication, no discrimination!”
  • TV-static

    Tell ABC, CBS and NBC to Air Tonight's Speech on Immigration

    November 20, 2014
    ABC, CBS and NBC are refusing to broadcast Thursday’s historic presidential address on immigration. They think The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser: Glory Days are more important.
  • surveillance-protest

    The USA Freedom Act: What's Next?

    November 19, 2014
    On Tuesday night the USA Freedom Act failed to move forward. While this bill would have helped rein in key parts of the government’s surveillance programs, not all is lost.
  • Marc-Morial-Comcast

    Corporate Buyout: Why Legacy Civil Rights Groups Are on the Wrong Side of History

    November 19, 2014
    How did it come to this, when the NAACP, Urban League and other legacy civil rights groups are actually propping up Republican leadership in their efforts to tear down President Obama? It's like an alternative universe where stalwarts in the fight to amplify the voices of the powerless are now kowtowing to the corporations that wish to silence us.
  • Tom-Wheeler-FCC

    What Is Tom Wheeler Waiting For?

    November 19, 2014
    Earlier this month, President Obama added his voice to the nearly 4 million people who have urged the FCC to preserve the open Internet and protect free speech online. Is any of this getting through to Chairman Tom Wheeler?

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