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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.

  • Rupert, Is That You?

    September 19, 2011

    Leonard Nimoy made a cameo as the “president of television” in the opening segment of Fox’s Emmys broadcast. The Star Trek veteran was a pinch hitter for Alec Baldwin, who played the role in the skit’s original incarnation — and then walked when Fox cut a line about its parent company, News Corp., and the phone-hacking scandal.

  • Update: Here's What $570,000 Gets You in Congress

    September 15, 2011

    UPDATED 9/16/11: Now with additional campaign contribution data.

    Maybe it’s the water in Washington that’s making people silly. Or maybe it’s AT&T’s hefty campaign spending. Either way, something’s got people believing AT&T when it says that up is down, green is red, 1 + 1 = 3 — and that its proposed takeover of T-Mobile would be good for America.

  • Sprint Takes a Swing at AT&T

    September 15, 2011

    AT&T is like a piñata at a children’s party. It’s an easy target; everyone’s jumping in line to take a bash at it; we’re all waiting with baited breath to watch it explode. Sure, we won’t get any candy, but the result will be just as sweet: no AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

  • AT&T Merger Threatens Our Ability to Stay Connected

    September 14, 2011

    When Hurricane Irene approached my home in Massachusetts, and my family’s on the coast of Connecticut, I received a powerful reminder of how much we rely on our cellphones and the Internet. We used both tools to track the storm and prepare ourselves for a worst-case scenario, which luckily didn't come to pass.

  • Welcome to Your Hungarian Internet

    September 14, 2011

    The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the U.S. has sunk to 25th in a global ranking of Internet speeds, just behind Romania.

  • Justice Dept. Sees Through AT&T's Jobs 'Promise'

    September 8, 2011

    The Department of Justice gave wireless customers an extremely valuable gift last week when it filed suit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, a $39 billion boondoggle that would've made AT&T richer and more powerful at the expense of everybody else.

  • Why I'm Optimistic about the Future of Local Media

    September 8, 2011

    In a recent radio interview I was asked about my optimism regarding the local media movement — an umbrella term covering vibrant local community TV and radio outlets and emerging nonprofit journalism websites, as well as blogs, media literacy projects, digital justice coalitions and media reform groups. The interviewer pressed me to offer concrete examples of the impact these outlets are having — how they are shaping the national debate, moving key issues forward and changing the lives of local people and communities.

  • Telecom Front Group Misrepresents Net Neutrality

    September 6, 2011

    I don’t believe that money is speech, but I’ve seen that money motivates dishonest speech, much of it uttered by paid “experts.” This kind of dishonesty comes up with many issues, including the important and misunderstood matter of Net Neutrality.

  • Victories of People-Powered Lobbying

    September 1, 2011

    It’s easy to feel overpowered when you go up against the big guys. But with power in numbers and the facts on your side, it is possible for the little guys to win out over the big ones. Wednesday morning was one of those moments.

    The Department of Justice filed suit early Wednesday to block the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile — a huge victory for the public interest. Despite the army of lobbyists that AT&T employs, the arguments against this merger and the facts to support them won out. The voices of everyday people who reject the combination of higher prices and fewer choices in the wireless market have come one step closer to victory.

  • Victories of People-Powered Lobbying

    September 1, 2011

    It’s easy to feel overpowered when you go up against the big guys. But with power in numbers and the facts on your side, it is possible for the little guys to win out over the big ones. Wednesday morning was one of those moments.

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