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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.

  • For AT&T Merger, Facts Trump Politics

    August 31, 2011

    Today the Justice Department filed suit to block AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

  • Stand Up for Your City's Airwaves

    August 26, 2011

    It’s not often that the FCC asks us how to do its job. But Sept. 6 is the deadline for the public to respond to a pretty exciting question: “Should we set aside channels for community radio in big and medium-sized cities?”

    You don’t hear questions like that every day. In fact, media activists fought for more than a decade to put this idea on the table.

  • Vote for Media Reform!

    August 25, 2011

    Do you believe in fighting mega media mergers?

    Do you want to battle bad media?

    Do you organize using your cellphone?

    Are you interested in the future of journalism?

    Then click the links below to give Free Press media reformers a “thumbs up.”

  • Vote for Media Reform!

    August 25, 2011

    Do you believe in fighting mega media mergers?

    Do you want to battle bad media?

    Do you organize using your cellphone?

    Are you interested in the future of journalism?

    Then click the links below to give Free Press media reformers a “thumbs up.”

  • Shake-Up: Where Earthquakes and Media Policy Collide

    August 24, 2011

    I grew up in California, spent most of my life there and experienced many earthquakes, including the deadly 6.9 Loma Prieta quake of 1989. So the 5.8 earthquake that rattled Washington, D.C., Tuesday was not (you’ll pardon the pun) as earth-shaking for me as it was for many people who felt the ground beneath them move in ways utterly new and foreign.

  • FCC to AT&T: Is That Your Final Answer?

    August 24, 2011

    Last Thursday five AT&T employees and twelve of its outside attorneys, from six different firms, got on a conference call with thirty-two officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. All told there were close to 50 people participating in the meeting.

  • Did AT&T Lie to Your Representative?

    August 23, 2011

    Earlier this summer 76 House Democrats were misled by AT&T.

    They signed on to a letter circulated by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) that was so packed with AT&T talking points and spin that it’s worth wondering who really drafted the letter.

  • Covert Consolidation Undercuts Supposed Growth in TV News

    August 23, 2011

    Two recent reports paint a rosy picture of local TV news. Stations are launching new programs, jobs are coming back and revenues are up. Bolstering these reports are stats from the Radio Television Digital News Association, which called 2010 a record year for local news.

    I just wish that were the whole picture. However, neither of these reports fully grapples with the impact covert consolidation — in which a station signs away control of its newsroom to a competitor — is having on the media ecosystem.

  • Thousands Urge Apple to Pull Censorship Patent

    August 19, 2011
    For the tech world, this has been the summer of patents.
  • Free Speech Beyond the Turnstiles

    August 19, 2011

    I have spent most of the week poring over news stories, blogs and commentary on last week’s decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to shut off cellphone service to quash planned protests on its trains and platforms.

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