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  • Pittsburgh Stands Up for Media Reform

    October 3, 2011

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps will be the first to tell you that his own agency needs to do more to improve the country’s media system. Last Monday, he told a room full of Pittsburgh residents that a key part of the remedy is citizen action.

    “If we are to ever have media of the people, by the people and for the people, you need to take this fight on,” Copps told the crowd at a town hall-style dialogue sponsored by Free Press. “The stakes could not be higher ... If we are denied quality news and information, if we are denied in-depth investigative reporting and if we are denied a media environment wherein independent voices can speak and be heard, then we won’t be able to sustain an
    informed electorate.”

  • Free Press Tells the FCC: Time for Media Transparency

    October 3, 2011

    At today’s FCC hearing on the Information Needs of Communities, Free Press Policy Counsel Corie Wright made the case for why we need a new era of broadcaster transparency. Through a few simple changes, Wright argues, the FCC could make available vital information about how the media serve local communities — and enable citizens, journalists and public interest groups to hold media accountable.

    The text of Corie Wright’s speech, delivered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, follows below.

  • Black Voices for Internet Freedom Launches

    September 30, 2011

    Last Friday marked the launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom, a new coalition of local, regional and national organizations, leaders and their allies joining together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination.

  • Net Neutrality: What's Mobile Got to Do With It?

    September 30, 2011

    This week Free Press filed a legal challenge to the FCC’s Open Internet rules, which passed last December and were just published in the Federal Register.

  • High Noon for Internet Freedom

    September 30, 2011

    As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom.

  • Free Press Files Suit to Protect Openness on the Wireless Web

    September 28, 2011

    On Wednesday afternoon Free Press filed a legal challenge to the Open Internet rules recently published by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Will Your Senator Kill the Open Internet?

    September 28, 2011

    The day is almost upon us: A handful of corporate hardliners in the Senate is getting ready to rush through a measure that would give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.

  • Where AT&T Money Goes, Merger Support Follows

    September 28, 2011

    Less than a week after seven attorneys general joined the Justice Department suit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, 10 other attorneys general threw their support behind AT&T.

  • Jobs Plan Creates Opportunity, Risk in Wireless Tech

    September 27, 2011

    A lot of attention is being paid to President Obama’s American Jobs Act, both inside and outside the Beltway, and what it could mean for the economy and the millions of unemployed Americans.

  • Owning Our Airwaves: Tonight in Pittsburgh

    September 26, 2011

    Tonight in Pittsburgh people from around the city will come together at a public town hall to discuss the future of media and journalism. The event will be an opportunity for the people of Pittsburgh to speak directly to Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and FCC Commissioner Michael Copps about the state of local news.

    This fall marks a critical moment for the future of our airwaves. The FCC is gearing up to review its media-ownership rules and faces massive industry pressure to remove the remaining public-interest protections and pave the way for more industry consolidation.

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