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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.

  • Is the FCC Reading from the MMS Playbook?

    August 26, 2010

    If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read this piece that ran in the Washington Post.

  • Is the FCC Reading from the MMS Playbook?

    August 25, 2010

    If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read this piece that ran today in the Washington Post. Really, do it. I’ll wait. This is me waiting.

    “How the Minerals Management Service’s partnership with industry led to failure” is a play-by-play of how lax government regulation and industry-written rules led to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and brought a U.S. government agency to its knees. It eerily foreshadows where the Federal Communications Commission could be headed if Chairman Julius Genachowski doesn’t stand up to the industry he is in charge of overseeing.

  • Ongoing Efforts to Map Our Information Needs

    August 24, 2010

    At the Free Press Summit: Ideas to Action this past April, nearly 100 participants attended a breakout session to talk about mapping local media ecosystems and meeting the information needs of communities. The session built on the ideas presented in the Knight Commission report, “Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age,” and produced a vibrant discussion that made clear there is a lot of exciting but disparate work happening in this area, and a lot of enthusiasm for making connections between media makers, researchers and communities. You can read a write up of the session here.

  • In Minnesota, Hundreds Urge FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

    August 20, 2010

    It was standing room only at South High in Minneapolis on Thursday night as more than 750 people turned out to show their support for Net Neutrality and free speech online. FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn listened to hours of impassioned public testimony about the future of the Internet.

  • Sen. Al Franken: We Have a Free Speech Problem

    August 19, 2010

    Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.) warned a packed house Thursday night in Minneapolis that the corporate takeover of our media, and the government's failure to stop it, is one of the most important issues of our time.

    Franken said our media system is at risk everywhere we turn -- from our free speech online to the growing power of companies who own a massive number of media outlets.

  • The Internet Must Remain in the Hands of the People

    August 19, 2010

    The recent announcement that Google and Verizon believe Internet and wireless providers should decide what kinds of online content they allow customers to access should spur the FCC to immediate action. As it stands, Internet and phone service providers cannot and must not discriminate between different kinds of online content and applications.

  • Chairman Genachowski. Can You Hear Us Now?

    August 19, 2010

    News last week that Google and Verizon had reached consensus on a "legislative framework" for Net Neutrality was met with near universal disdain.

  • Wireless Networks are Different Because Special Interest Lobbyists Say So

    August 18, 2010

    The fight for Net Neutrality has turned into a lesson in Washington, D.C. sausage making. In the latest round, the usual special interest groups – led by lobbyists from AT&T, Verizon and their pet trade association CTIA – are pouring all their energy into arguments that wireless networks cannot be subject to Net Neutrality rules because of purported technical obstacles.

  • Al Franken to Talk Net Neutrality: Join Him or Watch Online

    August 18, 2010

    Sen. Al Franken just joined the bill for tomorrow’s public hearing on the future of the Internet in Minneapolis. Will you be there to express your support for Net Neutrality and free speech online?

    And not only Sen. Franken -- Federal Communications Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps will be at the hearing to listen to you, too.

  • Google, Can You Hear Us Now?

    August 13, 2010

    Internet users from across the Bay Area converged outside Google headquarters on Friday to denounce the search engine giant for striking a pact with Verizon that puts the open Internet in jeopardy.

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