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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.

  • House Shamefully Votes to Defund NPR

    March 17, 2011

    The House just passed a preposterous bill designed to attack NPR and dismantle America’s public media system piece by piece. The bill, H.R. 1076, cuts NPR off from all federal funding and prohibits local public radio stations from using federal funds to buy radio programming, or pay dues to NPR.

    As the debate over this bill stretched on throughout almost the entire day, proponents of the bill repeated two talking points over and over again. Let’s fact check those claims.

    Fiction: Cutting NPR funding is what the American taxpayers want.

  • AT&T's Desperate Shot at Netflix, Online Video

    March 17, 2011

    Unlimited data? It's so 2010. For AT&T, the future is in data caps.

    That's why this week, in line with its recently announced wireless data plan caps, AT&T announced it will limit the amount of data its DSL and UVerse broadband subscribers can access per month.

  • When Newspapers Get It Right

    March 17, 2011

    It's no secret that the newspaper business is in trouble. It has been for a very long time, with readership shrinking along with ad revenues, and costs continuing to climb. But some newspapers are not content to go gentle into that good night… they’re finding ways to make themselves more valuable to their communities, reflecting the readers’ needs and delivering news in innovative and engaging ways.

  • Ira Glass Has a Posse

    March 15, 2011

    In an interview on NPR’s “On the Media”, Ira Glass, host of “This American Life”, argues that it is time to stand up to the bullies and fight back against the smear campaign being waged against public media in Washington D.C. and on cable news.

    But how do we fight back? Here is what Glass suggests:

    “With the truth, baby, with the truth. That’s all we got. Listen to what we're doing on the air, and measure it. Call it impractical, call it idealistic, but I have to believe if we get out there with the truth, that, that weapon is a real weapon and actually means something.”

  • Delivering One Million Petitions Defending Public Media

    March 15, 2011

    Some members of Congress have been spending so much time fretting about what’s going on in the executive offices at NPR that they have lost sight of the local people, local jobs, and local organizations in their districts that depend on public broadcasting. Today we are sending a wake-up call to Capitol Hill.

  • State of the News Media

    March 15, 2011

    On Monday, the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) released its annual “State of the News Media” study.  The study covers a lot of ground, providing data about readership/viewership, ad revenues, ownership, journalism jobs, and content across every news medium, be it print, broadcast or digital. During the next few weeks, we’ll be diving deeper into the data, bringing you our analysis of how all this research can inform the media reform movement.

    The increasing dominance of the Internet as a news platform gets a lot of attention in the study. Let’s take a look at some of the media policy implications of what they found.

    Local News Goes Mobile

  • Sen. Franken: 'We Can't Lose Net Neutrality'

    March 14, 2011

    On Monday, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken made the corporate takeover of the Internet – and the government's acquiescence to these corporations – frighteningly clear.

  • A Dangerous Congressional Overreach on Net Neutrality

    March 10, 2011

    Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner testified on Thursday on behalf of the Free Press Action Fund and the SavetheInternet.com coalition before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

  • House Goes Nuts Over Net Neutrality

    March 9, 2011

    Late Wednesday, Republican members of a key House Commerce subcommittee decided to give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.

  • Celebrating Community Radio Champion Rep. Mike Doyle

    March 7, 2011

    Several dozen Pittsburghers honored Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) as he received a "Community Radio Champion Award" on Saturday.

    The award, presented by Free Press and the Prometheus Radio Project, recognizes Congressman Doyle’s championship of the “Local Community Radio Act,” a bill that will create space on the radio dial for hundreds of new community radio stations across the country. Advocates for these Low Power FM – or LPFM stations – have been working for years to pass this bill.

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