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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.

  • USPS to Struggling Publications: Take a Hike

    August 12, 2010

    A familiar foe is once again threatening the future of many U.S. magazines and newspapers — and it’s not the Internet. The U.S. Postal Service’s recent proposal to hike postal rates has print publications even more worried about their future.

    The USPS is asking the Postal Regulatory Commission to approve emergency rate increases in order to help offset a $7 billion deficit this fiscal year, which ends in September. But the rate increases, which would be the third price hike to hit periodicals since 2007, may put dozens of already struggling independent and alternative print publications — like In These Times — in jeopardy. They would balloon publications’ postage costs at a time when raising subscription prices and expanding ad revenue is basically out of the question.

  • FCC Chairman Genachowski Needs to Speak Up

    August 11, 2010

    On Monday, Google and Verizon made it official: Forget "Don't Be Evil" — they're planning a massive corporate takeover of the Internet.

  • Tech Community Outraged over Google Sell-Out

    August 11, 2010

    The outrage has yet to dissipate over Google and Verizon’s pact to direct the Federal Communications Commission – an independent federal agency - to grant the companies’ Internet wish list: no Net Neutrality protections for wireless Internet and fake Net Neutrality protections for wireline Internet.

  • Speak Out for Net Neutrality at Minneapolis Public Hearing

    August 11, 2010

    Minnesotans – and folks in all surrounding states – listen up! If there’s one reason to break from your summer vacation, leave work early, or just step out of your daily routine, this would be it: your chance to tell the Federal Communications Commission in person that you want Net Neutrality and free speech online.

  • Google's Evil Plan

    August 11, 2010

    Don't Be Evil.

    It was a great slogan for a transformative company that was telling the world that it could make lots of money while still being an honest broker.

  • Google-Verizon Pact: It Gets Worse

    August 10, 2010

    So Google and Verizon went public yesterday with their "policy framework" -- better known as the pact to end the Internet as we know it.

  • About the Verizon/Google 'Deal' on Net Neutrality

    August 9, 2010

    This week, Bloomberg reported that Verizon and Google have made a deal on network neutrality policy they'd like to see in America. That deal (surprise!) is Google can get special privileges on Verizon's network.

  • About the Verizon/Google 'Deal' on Net Neutrality

    August 6, 2010

    This week, Bloomberg reported that Verizon and Google have made a deal on network neutrality policy they'd like to see in America. That deal (surprise!) is Google can get special privileges on Verizon's network.

  • The People Prevail: FCC Calls Off Closed-Door Meetings on Net Neutrality

    August 5, 2010

    You called, you emailed and you signaled your outrage as the Federal Communications Commission continued to meet behind closed doors with Internet companies, and Google and Verizon hatched a side plan on how to manage the Internet.

  • Google Turns Its Back on Net Neutrality

    August 5, 2010

    Over the last few years, Google has been a company that understood Net Neutrality, and they staunchly supported the fight to protect the open Internet. After all, their own company was hatched and then exploded into a phenomenal success thanks to the open platform of the Internet.

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