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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.

  • Combating the Cable Cabal

    May 14, 2013

    Two decades ago, something unusual happened.

    Consumers were irate about their cable bills, which were increasing at nearly three times the rate of inflation. And Congress actually did something — adopting in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion the 1992 Cable Act. The law resulted in lower cable bills, saving consumers $3 billion in just over a year’s time.

  • The Series of Tubes: Unlock Everything

    May 10, 2013

    Want to learn how to be a better online spy? Curious to see a very brief history of the Internet? Tired of all those TV spoilers from your Twitter feed? Read on. 

    Also: Whatever you do, do NOT click that last link at the bottom. It might ruin your weekend.

  • Newspaper Readers Speak Out Against the Kochs

    May 9, 2013

    Opposition to the Koch brothers’ reported plan to take over the eight Tribune Company newspapers has spread from activist groups, unions, lawmakers and journalism advocates to the readers of these papers.

  • All for One and One for All

    May 8, 2013
    Imagine for a moment if 50 percent of America’s media was noncommercial. How would that change whose stories got told and which issues got debated? How would it shape access to information or the role of arts and education in our homes and communities?
  • Internet Uncertainty

    May 6, 2013
    When asked whether the Internet has been a force for good or evil, Zeynep Tufekci likes to answer “Yes.”
  • Phoenix Rising

    May 6, 2013

    The death of the Boston Phoenix hit Free Press hard.

    As an organization working to protect independent media, we feel the loss of any publication or outlet. But this felt different. 

  • The Series of Tubes: The First Website EVER

    May 3, 2013
    In the second installment of “The Series of Tubes,” we bring you more far-flung facts from across the webosphere. We celebrated the anniversary of the first website EVER, the pro-Net Neutrality vote from Verizon shareholders and a man who had the fortitude to spend one year away from the Internet.
  • Brazilian Reformers Launch Campaign for Better Media

    May 3, 2013
    If you’ve ever watched television in Brazil, you would think that the country has no ethnic or cultural diversity. Most Brazilian TV announcers and actors look the same and speak with a similar accent. It’s not what you'd expect from a country with more than 190 million people.
  • Ch-Ch-Changes

    May 3, 2013
    The way we consume news is changing. And we here at Free Press think it’s time to change the way we bring news to you — our activists, allies and friends.
  • One-Quarter of Verizon Shareholders Vote Yes on Net Neutrality

    May 2, 2013
    Today 24.1 percent of Verizon shareholders voted to support a pro-Net Neutrality proposal.

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