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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.

  • Universal Open Broadband: An Attainable Reality

    January 29, 2010

    The Latino community seems to agree that broadband is vital to our success. Broadband Internet access allows people of color to tell our own stories fairly and accurately, and to pursue educational, occupational and social opportunities that are only available over the Web.

  • The Gatekeepers’ Discrimination Delusion

    January 28, 2010

    This is the fifth in a series of posts by Chris Riley, Free Press Policy Counsel, to summarize the primary policy recommendations made in recent comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission in its open Internet proceeding. Today’s topic: business models.

  • Why Media and Journalism Scholars Support Network Neutrality

    January 28, 2010

    Academic associations tend to be politically conservative.

    I don't mean that they revere Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman, though plenty of scholars do. Rather, each group – representing a field's professors and graduate students – tends to evade controversy, rarely taking a public stance on an issue that might divide the membership.

  • Public Policy and Funding the News

    January 28, 2010

    This is a guest post by David Westphal, senior fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the author, along with Geoffrey Cowan, of Public Policy and Funding the News, published this week by the University of Southern California’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

    For most of American history, the government has helped sustain commercial news businesses in two significant ways. It has offered steeply discounted mailing rates to newspaper and magazine publishers, and it has required government agencies and commercial businesses alike to publish paid notices in newspapers.

  • Send a Thank You to Commissioner Clyburn

    January 27, 2010

    Martin Luther King Jr. said: “We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

  • Clear and Complete Disclosure, Without Loopholes, Is the Only ‘Reasonable’ Way

    January 26, 2010

    This is the fourth in a series of posts by Chris Riley, Free Press Policy Counsel, to summarize the primary policy recommendations made in recent comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission in its open Internet proceeding. Today’s topic: disclosure.

  • Internet Freedom and Internet Shills

    January 26, 2010

    On Friday, The Hill published an attack on our organization Free Press from an industry-funded hit man trying to distract policymakers with hyperbole, character assassination and fear-mongering.

  • Institutions or Infrastructure? The Real Opportunity for Online Journalism and Democracy

    January 26, 2010

    This is a guest post by Josh Wilson of Newsdesk.org, a commercial-free, non-politicized news source covering important but overlooked issues from around the world.

    Want to save the news? Stop worrying about journalism institutions, and start worrying about journalists.

    Much of the discussion about media and journalism is about institutions and their relationships with citizens. The issues — that journalism institutions must be transparent, accountable, and provide real value and relevance to the community — are clear enough.

  • An End to AT&T Tyranny?

    January 25, 2010

    At this Wednesday’s big event, a chief executive will introduce a new approach to the world. In a much-publicized speech, he’ll describe why we need to take this painful, necessary step into the future. With threats coming from all sides, he’ll detail the cost to the American public.

  • Clyburn Emerges as Powerful Voice for an Open Internet

    January 25, 2010

    When Mignon Clyburn's nomination for FCC commissioner was announced last year, the news met with mixed reactions from seasoned agency watchers.

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