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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.

  • The Fallacy of Wireless Data Usage

    March 16, 2010

    It's like clockwork. At least once a month, a major wireless operator trots out an executive to say the current model for mobile data usage is unsustainable. The sob story goes something like this:

  • Why the National Broadband Plan Must Address Competition

    March 11, 2010

    As we approach the release of the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan next week, the agency has mounted a major PR offensive, trickling out nuggets of information, hoping each one generates a favorable story.

  • In LA: If It Bleeds, It Leads

    March 11, 2010

    We have all heard the old saying, “If it bleeds, it leads,” and most of us have seen the results of this flawed approach on our evening TV news. However, sometimes it’s what we don’t see that’s most worrying. If stories of crime and car accidents make headlines, what stories are left untold?

  • It’s Time to Collect From Comcast

    March 11, 2010

    In the coming weeks, Comcast Internet customers should see an insert in their bill with a rare offering: a $16 payment.

  • Communications Breakdown

    March 11, 2010

    Too often in Washington, words speak louder than actions. Tuesday, however, was not one of those times.

  • ETF, WTF: Why Mobile Fees Matter

    March 10, 2010

    Last month, the FCC sent letters to all the major wireless carriers, asking them to justify their increasingly outrageous early termination fees (ETFs). But the carriers' responses have been less than helpful, so we need to tell the FCC to step up the pressure and put an end to these fees.

  • The Faces of the Digital Divide

    March 9, 2010

    The “digital divide” sounds so faceless, so placeless. Who are these supposed people without an Internet connection in today’s day-and-age? Where are these places that have been left behind? And is it really that big of a deal?

  • Video: Boston Youth Want Net Neutrality

    March 8, 2010

    Young folks are starting to crank out videos in support of Net Neutrality.

  • The Open Internet Debate: Redlining 2.0

    March 4, 2010

    If you’re anything like me, the words “net neutrality” and “open Internet” don’t exactly get the party going on your computer screen at lunch. At a convening of ethnic journalists yesterday in San Francisco, media justice activist Malkia Cyril compared the discussions around net neutrality to “talking about the galaxy: Who cares?” Sure, it’s important stuff. And yeah, we know it’s out there.

  • The Entire Future of Media

    March 4, 2010

    It’s not often that policymakers are willing to slow down and take a broad look at the decisions that they have made, the changes they’ve incurred and the direction we need to head toward. But the Federal Communications Commission’s “Future of Media” inquiry is doing just that. The agency is taking a holistic look at our media system -- public media, journalism, media ownership and Internet, and the policies that have shaped the system.

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