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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.

  • Five Media Policies the FTC Should Support

    June 14, 2010

    Over the last year, the Federal Trade Commission has been investigating the role of public policy in helping to meet Americans’ information needs. This week, the FTC will hold its final hearing on finding policies that could reshape our media system for the better.

    In preparation, the FTC released a “Discussion Draft” that outlined the various policy recommendations submitted to the agency for consideration. More than 2,000 citizens have filed comments, and many organizations submitted recommendations. FTC staff have been deployed to journalism-related events across the country to gather information and ideas percolating in those communities.

  • San Francisco Public Press in Big Print

    June 11, 2010

    The San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit online news organization, is about to launch a pilot print edition. In an era where other newspapers are shrinking in size, the SF Public Press is going big – with 28 full-size broadsheet pages full of news and features – with no paid advertising.

    In this week's Media Minutes, SF Public Press Director of Operations Lila LaHood talks about why she thinks print is still important. She also hints at some of the creative ways the paper will be telling the news. The audio and the transcript can be found here.

  • FCC Commissioner Copps Highlights Need for FCC Action on Internet Policy

    June 10, 2010

    In a speech Wednesday at Stanford Law School, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps told participants that it’s his job to protect the public’s interest in communications policy. The speech was part of the “Openness and Innovation in the Digital World” seminar.

  • FCC Commissioner Copps Highlights Need for FCC Action on Internet Policy

    June 10, 2010

    In a speech Wednesday at Stanford Law School, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps told participants that it’s his job to protect the public’s interest in communications policy. The speech was part of the “Openness and Innovation in the Digital World” seminar.

  • Why Net Neutrality Opponents Abhor Transparency

    June 9, 2010

    Why does the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) have a problem with the open Internet?

    It’s hard to tell. IIA’s stated mission is to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to broadband.

  • The Truth about the FCC’s Third Way: Debunking the Top Ten Myths in the Current Classification Debate

    June 9, 2010

    Next week at its open meeting, the FCC will begin a proceeding on its proposed “Third Way” approach to broadband oversight.

  • Crawford Calls Techies to Action in Fight for Open Internet

    June 8, 2010

    “If (Comcast) can’t rape and pillage, it’s probably not a great investment.” — Dr. John Malone, former CEO Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI Cable)

    The age of content producers blissfully producing websites and ignoring broadband policy is over.

    "We are in the course of a Titanic battle for the future of the Internet in the United States."

  • iPhone 4: Now with Price Gouging! (Courtesy of AT&T)

    June 8, 2010

    Yay, the iPhone 4 is here. But today, instead of thinking about the latest version of the game-changing smartphone, I'm mourning the end of the era of the unlimited data plan.

  • Hate Speech Inquiry Is About Promoting Dialogue, Not Censorship

    June 4, 2010

    Recently, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), a non-profit organization with a long and respected history of civil rights advocacy, submitted a joint filing with 30 other organizations, including Free Press, calling for an FCC inquiry into the prevalence of hate speech in the media.

  • Our Consumer Broadband Tips: You’re Stuck with Slow Service

    June 3, 2010

    The FCC’s Consumer Task Force just released “Tips for Getting the Speed You Need,” a broadband fact sheet for consumers. Unfortunately, the FCC seems to have missed some important details, so we’re stepping up to fill in the gaps. Here are a few tips from us on broadband speeds for both consumers and the FCC:

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