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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.

  • FCC: Apply the Same Rules to Wired and Wireless Networks

    January 25, 2010

    This is the third 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: wireless networks.

  • Watch: Debunking the Industry’s Main Net Neutrality Myth

    January 22, 2010

    Oh industry groups, let me count the ways we’ve debunked all the misinformation you’ve piled into the FCC’s rulemaking docket on Net Neutrality.

  • Don’t Let Murdoch Rewrite Our Media History

    January 22, 2010

    Back in December at the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop on the future of journalism, much was made about the verbal sparring between Arianna Huffington and Rupert Murdoch. It made for good theatre, but an important thread was lost in the blogger-versus-publisher storyline: Murdoch’s attack on the notion of a role for government in the future of media and journalism.

  • FCC Takes on the Future of Journalism

    January 21, 2010

    Today the Federal Communications Commission announced a new national initiative to examine the “future of media and the information needs of communities in a digital age.”

  • Market Failure in the Wireless Industry

    January 21, 2010

    There are two major signs of market failure in the wireless industry right now: Service quality is often poor, and service price is always excessive. Brand a scarlet letter on AT&T and Verizon, the two biggest incumbents.

  • What Makes for a Critical Press? Research Shows a Role for Government Support

    January 21, 2010

    Bob McChesney and John Nichols have called for the government to help promote more quality, “accountability” journalism. So have former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie, Jr., and journalism historian Michael Schudson, in their recent Columbia Journalism School-sponsored report.

    Many journalists, understandably, are skeptical of government support. As one writer responded to the Downie/Schudson report, “How many independent government-subsidized [or] funded news sources are there in the world? Somewhere between zero and none. Letting the government control the media is the first step toward a dictatorship… .”

  • Clear Standards for Reasonable Network Management

    January 20, 2010

    This is the second 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: reasonable network management.

  • Keeping Local News Flowing

    January 20, 2010

    Local news was a focal point at the recent FTC workshop, “How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?" Reed Hundt reported on the Knight Commission recommendations and emphasized the role of local news in promoting the traditional U.S. policy goal of localism both in newspapers and in broadcasting. Matthew Gentzkow reported on his study that the entry and exit of newspapers from local communities have the most pronounced effect on voter participation in local elections. Tom Rosenstiel emphasized again that local newspapers have more reporters on the ground to cover local news stories than all other local news entities combined, and drew the logical conclusion: Economic threats to local newspapers strike at the heart of the availability of information concerning the issues of public importance to local communities.

  • Why Gamers Demand Net Neutrality

    January 19, 2010
    The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) lauds the FCC’s proposed Net Neutrality rules.

    As an organization that represents those who play computer and video games in America, we understand that Net Neutrality is a key right for consumers, protecting one’s choice of content, guaranteeing equal opportunity on the Internet and ensuring continued enjoyment and use of the Internet for a v

  • An MLK Reminder: We Need Access to Inspire Change

    January 19, 2010

    Every Martin Luther King Day, I honor Dr. King’s legacy by watching video clips of his speeches. But it’s not just his speeches I seek out; I tap into an entire archive of black intellectuals and civil rights leaders for inspiration and guidance.

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