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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.

  • Phone and Cable Money Continues to Flood Washington

    July 21, 2010

    The phone and cable companies released their second quarter federal lobbying reports today, and it comes as no surprise that they’re still flooding Washington with money to influence media policy and woo lawmakers.

  • The Big Industry Lie: Regulation = Job Loss

    July 20, 2010

    My old friend Jay Stuckey has a saying that has stuck with me for decades: “Don’t let them piss on your leg and tell you that it’s raining.”

    When Jay used it he was referring to politicians who lied to scare up votes. Today, this adage refers to powerful corporations that lie to scare politicians.

  • Journalism’s Hybrid System

    July 20, 2010

    Last week, Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Journalism Needs Government Help.” As Bollinger argues, evidence is mounting that there simply is not enough private capital from traditional revenue sources such as advertising, subscriptions and philanthropy to pay for the quality journalism our communities need. Slowly but surely, people are conceding that there is a role for carefully crafted public policy that will foster a new age of innovative, diverse, local and hard-hitting reporting.

  • FCC Should Swiftly Restore Broadband Oversight Authority

    July 15, 2010

    Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission today urging the agency to swiftly implement Chairman Genachowski's proposal to re-establish a legal framework that allows the Commission to connect millions of Americans to broadband and protect free speech and innovation online.

  • Internet R&B Sensation AHMIR: 'Creating Music on Our Own Terms'

    July 14, 2010

    As the #1 most popular R&B group on YouTube, it’s almost unimaginable and downright scary where we would be as music artists had the Internet not existed.

  • What Does Net Neutrality Mean to You? Tell the FCC by Tomorrow

    July 14, 2010

    Phil Chavanne is a small-business owner from Clearwater, Fla., and he just told the Federal Communications Commission that his business won't survive without Net Neutrality.

  • Reclaiming Spectrum: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

    July 9, 2010

    Last week, President Obama put out a memorandum on spectrum reclamation, placing further momentum behind the push to free up more spectrum for mobile high-speed Internet use. Sound familiar?

  • Everything Old is New Again

    July 8, 2010

    I have spent a good deal of time recently looking at two new trends in journalism - the tendency toward journalism collaborations, and the increased emphasis on community engagement. Obviously, neither of these ideas is "new" in the sense that they’ve never been tried, but the rate at which they are being adopted is a clear sign of some fundamental shifts in the way reporting is done.

    Recently, however, a few bits of information came my way and reminded me that everything old is new again.

  • A New Frontier?

    July 1, 2010

    Yesterday, Frontier officially took over Verizon’s wireline infrastructure in 14 states.

  • Four Easy Steps to Telco Control of the Internet

    July 1, 2010

    Have you heard about the battle over the Internet?

    It’s a power grab that involves lawyers, lobbyists, unscrupulous legislators, phony front groups and the most powerful telecommunications companies in the world.

    They’ve aligned themselves against the rest of us -- the millions of Americans who use the Internet every day, in increasingly inventive ways.

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