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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.

  • Gov. Perdue Must Protect Broadband in North Carolina

    May 5, 2011

    North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has a chance to save community broadband in her state. Can she do it?

  • Throw Your Smartphone down the Rabbit Hole

    May 3, 2011

    Do you believe in fairy tales?

    AT&T wants you to. The phone giant is trying to make everyone believe that its takeover of T-Mobile would be good for jobs, innovation and the economy, while saving you hundreds of dollars on your smartphone.

  • The Golden Age of PR?

    May 3, 2011

    Today, World Press Freedom Day is being celebrated, but a new article suggests that a free press crippled by shrinking newsrooms may be no match for the booming public relations industry. The article, published by ProPublica and the Columbia Journalism Review, reports that PR people now outnumber journalists by more than three to one. As a result, the line between news stories and public relations spin is becoming increasingly difficult to discern.

  • FCC Commissioner Michael Copps Talks Mergers

    April 29, 2011

    Of the commissioners on the FCC, Michael Copps is easily the most outspoken in his opinion on media consolidation.

  • NPR and PBS Safe...For Now

    April 27, 2011

    Public broadcasting has survived another bruising round of attacks, thanks to the enormous outcry from all corners of the country and across the political spectrum. Thanks, in other words, to you.

    As we gathered in Boston earlier this month with 2,500 other media reform advocates at the National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR), the White House and Congress were on the verge of a possible government shutdown. The last minute deal our lawmakers struck included roughly $40 billion in cuts to an array of vital programs, but NPR and PBS were taken off the table. After hearing from millions of Americans, lawmakers got the message.

  • Astroturfing Net Neutrality

    April 18, 2011

    Free speech online has come under withering attack from the astroturf lobby -- corporate front groups that are determined to hand control of the Internet to companies like AT&T and Comcast.

  • Saving Rural Stations

    April 14, 2011

    On election night in the fall of 2000 I was serving with AmeriCorps in Adirondack Park in upstate New York. I was stationed at an old logging camp, now owned by the state, and spent my days serving as a teacher and mentor in a local school. We got our electricity from a generator and we didn’t have any access to cable TV or high speed internet. So that night, my fellow AmeriCorps members and I huddled around a small transistor radio in our kitchen and listened to the drama of that contentious election play out on North Country Public Radio. It was our only access to the outside world, our only reliable source of local, regional and national news.

  • Poll: Public Supports Higher Funding for NPR, PBS

    April 4, 2011

    Americans radically overestimate the amount of federal funding that goes to NPR and PBS, but still have overwhelming support for that funding.

    This weekend, Talking Points Memo reported on a new CNN survey assessing Americans' understanding and perceptions of the U.S. budget and government spending. The poll comes just days before a potential government shut down as the House and Senate battle over spending cuts for the rest of 2011.

  • Censorship: Made in the USA

    March 30, 2011

    March has been a stormy month across the Arab world as the hope for new democracy faces the harsh reality of despots armed with guns, tanks and the tools of censorship.

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