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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.

  • Wherever You May Roam

    June 18, 2010

    If you’re used to making cell phone calls wherever you travel, you might be surprised to learn that the data features on your phone might not come with that same seamless coverage.

  • Barton Apologizes to AT&T for Free and Open Internet

    June 17, 2010

    Joe Barton is really, really sorry.

  • FCC Commissioners Copps and Clyburn Won't Back Away from Internet Goals

    June 17, 2010

    Federal Communication Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn continue to be heroes for the public in the fight to protect the Internet.

  • Your iPhone Is Political

    June 17, 2010

    There's simply no way to improve upon the headline for Ryan Singel's post in Wired this week: "Wireless Oligopoly Is Smother of Invention."

  • Key Senators Back FCC’s Broadband Approach, Momentum Building

    June 16, 2010

    This week, five leading senators sent letters to Sen. Daniel Inouye, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, urging him to support the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to modernize its broadband policy framework, protect consumers and connect more Americans to broadband service.

  • A Subtle Victory for Policy Interventions in Media at the FTC Workshop

    June 16, 2010

    The Federal Trade Commission's final workshop on changes in the media business, “How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?," ended with the sense that only limited policy recommendations would come out of the session, at least in terms of recommendations by the FTC.
    Yet in a larger sense, the convening of publishers, industry analysts and academics revealed a surprising development: a growing consensus that some public policy intervention in media is not only possible, it's already happened.

  • Key Senators Back FCC’s Broadband Approach, Momentum Building

    June 16, 2010

    This week, five leading senators sent letters to Sen. Daniel Inouye, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, urging him to support the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to modernize its broadband policy framework, protect consumers and connect more Americans to broadband service.

  • Internet Stars for Internet Freedom

    June 15, 2010

    Nobody knew who Greyson Chance was a few weeks ago. But when a video of Chance singing a Lady Gaga song at a school talent show began circulating on the Internet, it became an instant sensation, with more than 25 million people getting to hear a voice that otherwise might never have traveled beyond Chance’s hometown of Edmond, Okla.

  • Five Media Policies the FTC Should Support

    June 14, 2010

    Over the last year, the Federal Trade Commission has been investigating the role of public policy in helping to meet Americans’ information needs. This week, the FTC will hold its final hearing on finding policies that could reshape our media system for the better.

    In preparation, the FTC released a “Discussion Draft” that outlined the various policy recommendations submitted to the agency for consideration. More than 2,000 citizens have filed comments, and many organizations submitted recommendations. FTC staff have been deployed to journalism-related events across the country to gather information and ideas percolating in those communities.

  • San Francisco Public Press in Big Print

    June 11, 2010

    The San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit online news organization, is about to launch a pilot print edition. In an era where other newspapers are shrinking in size, the SF Public Press is going big – with 28 full-size broadsheet pages full of news and features – with no paid advertising.

    In this week's Media Minutes, SF Public Press Director of Operations Lila LaHood talks about why she thinks print is still important. She also hints at some of the creative ways the paper will be telling the news. The audio and the transcript can be found here.

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