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.

  • Net Neutrality as Muse

    January 6, 2011

    Net Neutrality remains in the spotlight in 2011. This month, it will be the inspiration for a series of artworks at a gallery in Santa Barbara, California.

  • 'He Signed You, Bill. Now You're a Law.'

    January 5, 2011

    Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act into law.

  • Nonprofit News and the Comcast/NBC Merger

    January 4, 2011

    Comcast’s promise to support local nonprofit journalism organizations looks good at first glance. These new news startups are filling the gaps left by commercial media, and they need more resources.

    But let’s be clear: This gesture is no reason to approve Comcast’s takeover of NBC-Universal.

  • Less News in the New Year

    January 3, 2011

    Look out Pocatello, Idaho: There’s a new broadcast TV duopoly in town. According to TV News Check, the broadcast station KIFI – the market leader in Idaho Falls-Pocatello – will soon take control of ad sales and operations of its former competitor, KIDK. The agreement will cost nearly thirty people their jobs and residents will lose access to diverse, competitive news. The jointly run stations will only face news competition from one other station, the local NBC affiliate.

  • Journalism and Media Policy in 2011

    December 31, 2010

    The last ten years were tumultuous for media and journalism, with the industry shifting dramatically and new opportunities and challenges emerging. Amidst all this change, the media policies that shape everything we watch, read and hear, have had a hard time catching up.

    In a recent cover story in the Columbia Journalism Review, Steve Coll of the New America Foundation wrote: “We badly require new policies and new thinking in Washington because the media policy regime we have inherited is out of date and inadequate for the times in which we live.”

    As we enter 2011, a number of pressing policy decisions will confront those of us who care about the future of journalism and media.

  • The Little Bill That Could

    December 31, 2010

    Little noticed but extremely important, this December Congress passed the Local Community Radio Act.

    This legislation opens up radio spectrum to hundreds, if not thousands, of local nonprofit independent radio stations (also known as LPFM).

    Its passing will bring new choices and voices on the radio dial nationwide, but is especially relevant to a broadcast area reaching 160 million people who lived in areas where these stations had previously been barred from local airwaves.

  • Not Neutrality

    December 22, 2010

    On Tuesday FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave AT&T a decision that was gift-wrapped for the holiday season. By a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC passed a rule that, in the chairman’s words, “protects Internet freedom.”

    If only that were true.

  • FCC Caves on Net Neutrality

    December 20, 2010

    Late Monday, a majority of the FCC's commissioners indicated that they're going to vote with Chairman Julius Genachowski for a toothless Net Neutrality rule.

  • Net Neutrality Haters Love FCC's Rules

    December 20, 2010

    How appropriate that the Federal Communications Commission has picked the darkest day of the year to vote on its new Net Neutrality rules.

  • House Reps Take Stand for Real Net Neutrality

    December 17, 2010

    As members of the Federal Communications Commission prepare for a vote on Net Neutrality next week, some of Congress’ most Internet-savvy members say the rule before the agency doesn’t fully safeguard consumers nor clear even the lowest bar for real Net Neutrality protections.


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