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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.

  • Trusting Comcast to Fund Independent News?

    May 24, 2011

    Nonprofit news outlets across the country can now apply to become a local news partner of Comcast/NBC. These new partnerships could mean a new funding stream for nonprofit local journalism, but they come with some serious caveats. After all, this is the same company that pulled funding from a small non-profit youth media group last week for tweeting a message that the company didn’t like. Just imagine what could happen if a Comcast-funded news outlet runs a story counter to the company’s bottom line.

  • What Will Gov. Perdue Do?

    May 20, 2011

    Update: Gov. Perdue refused to veto the bill, ignoring the voices of her constituents and thousands of others from across the nation who had urged her to stand up for real broadband competition and choice.

    North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has until midnight to save community broadband in her state, and send a resounding message to the nation that telecom companies don’t dictate politics.

  • Watch What You Tweet: Comcast and Free Speech

    May 20, 2011

    Last week, Comcast highlighted how broken our policymaking is when it hired a sitting FCC Commissioner to become one of its chief lobbyists, just months after she rubber-stamped their merger with NBC-Universal. This week, Comcast threatened to cut funding to a Seattle-based youth media nonprofit after the organization tweeted about Comcast’s new hire:

    “OMG! @FCC Commissioner Baker voted 2 approve Comcast/NBC merger & is now lving FCC for A JOB AT COMCAST?!?http://su.pr/1trT4z #mediajustice”

  • Comcast's Meager Promises to Telemundo

    May 19, 2011

    It’s hard to imagine that NBC would ever broadcast just thirty minutes of local daily news on its network-owned stations in places like New York City and Chicago. That would simply be unacceptable.

    But that’s exactly what NBC has done with the Telemundo stations it owns in our nation’s largest Latino markets, located in our nation’s largest cities, according to a study released this month by Free Press.

  • I Can't Afford the AT&T-T-Mobile Merger

    May 18, 2011

    When I heard about AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, I got nervous. I fear the outcomes of greater concentration in the wireless market for all consumers, but I’m also a former AT&T customer who wrested myself away to T-Mobile just over a year ago. So this merger gets personal.

  • Jon Stewart and Fast Moves at the FCC

    May 17, 2011

    Yes, Jon Stewart, that was fast. Last night, the Daily Show laid into FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker for taking a job as a Comcast lobbyists soon after approving the controversial Comcast/NBC-Universal merger.

    Baker was nearly lobbying for Comcast before she was officially offered a gig with the company. In January, Baker not only voted to approve the massive media merger, she also chastised the FCC for taking too long to deliberate on the merger. Now, she’s leaving the FCC to take a title she's already earned: senior vice president of government affairs (aka, head lobbyist). 

  • Same Old Song: Another Radio Merger

    May 16, 2011

    It's the same old song – both on the radio, and in politics. Another mega media merger is looming. Radio giant Cumulus is attempting to acquire radio giant Citadel, giving Cumulus massive control over the airwaves, and leaving the public with even less choices in programming and music on the radio.

    On Friday, Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission expressing doubt about the public interest benefits of the merger.

  • Pressure Builds After Baker Leaves FCC Post for Comcast

    May 13, 2011

    Late Wednesday night, it was revealed that Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker was leaving her post to become one of Comcast’s head lobbyists. This comes just four months after she voted to approve that company’s massive takeover of NBC-Universal.

  • FCC Commissioner Cashes in at Your Expense

    May 12, 2011

    Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker will reportedly depart the agency in June to occupy a corner office at Comcast-NBC -- the company whose multi-billion mega-merger she approved just months ago.

  • One More Washington Regulator Cashes in at Your Expense

    May 12, 2011

    Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker will reportedly depart the agency in June to occupy a corner office at Comcast-NBC -- the company whose multi-billion mega-merger she approved just months ago.

    In so doing she joins a long line of "public servants" who have spun government jobs into gold at the expense of the American people they're supposed to represent.

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