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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.

  • The Devil Goes Down to Georgia

    March 7, 2013
    UPDATE, March 8: We won! On Thursday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted 94-70 to defeat the Municipal Broadband Investment Act, which would have blocked communities from building their own broadband networks.
  • Free Our Phones

    March 6, 2013

    UPDATE, MARCH 6: The push to legalize cellphone unlocking is gaining momentum. 

    In the last couple of days, bipartisan members of Congress have promised to fix the issue. Sen. Ron Wyden has already introduced a bill to legalize unlocking, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Jason Chaffetz have promised to introduce similar legislation. 

  • New Report: IRS Policy Is Hurting Nonprofit News

    March 6, 2013

    A year ago 14,000 Free Press activists called on the IRS to help foster more nonprofit journalism in America. They followed up with meetings with members of Congress, making the case that nonprofit news is essential for all communities, and especially those left underserved by commercial news outlets.

  • Shadow Groups, Dark Money and a Silent FCC

    March 6, 2013

    The numbers are in and they add up to a big problem for our democracy.

    Local television stations raked in nearly $3 billion in revenues from political ads in 2012, according to data released by the Television Bureau of Advertising.

    In other words, American TV viewers had to sit through more than three million political ads during the election cycle.

  • Denver > Paris

    March 6, 2013
    Forget April in Paris — that’s nothing compared to April in Denver. Paris may have its baguettes and blooming chestnut trees — but Denver has the National Conference for Media Reform. And you need to be there.
  • Midnight Train to Dial-Up

    March 5, 2013
    An awful bill in Georgia could prevent communities from building their own high-speed Internet networks. We may have less than a week to stop it.
  • Have You No Sense of Decency, AT&T?

    February 28, 2013
    AT&T — always looking out for the little guy, always thinking of ways to ensure we get great service for affordable prices. Um. Not.
  • Al Gore Digs Net Neutrality

    February 28, 2013
    Here’s something you don’t see every day: A former U.S. vice president talking at length about Net Neutrality and Internet freedom.
  • The Crisis in Climate-Change Coverage

    February 25, 2013
    The forces that shape U.S. media have not been kind to environmental reporting. Years of media consolidation have led to dramatic layoffs in commercial newsrooms, and environment and science desks are often the first to go.
  • Meet the New CISPA. Same as the Old CISPA.

    February 15, 2013
    Last year, thanks to a public outcry, the effort to pass overreaching cybersecurity legislation stalled in the Senate. Now supporters have reintroduced the House version of that legislation — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The “new” version is in fact identical to the original CISPA — and poses the same threat to our digital civil liberties and our freedom to connect online.

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