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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.

  • Hijacking Democracy

    October 26, 2012

    Former Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps gave a talk Thursday about whether the media will strengthen our democracy — or destroy it.

    His assessment — given after he spent more than a decade overseeing the industry — is disturbing. Copps has long argued that the media in general, and TV broadcasters in particular, need to do a lot more to nourish civic discourse.

  • A Happy Union Between KCET and LinkTV

    October 25, 2012

    When prominent Los Angeles public television station KCET split from PBS over the cost of membership dues and announced it would no longer carry PBS programming, many wondered how KCET might function as an independent local station. Last week we got a glimpse of how that might play out, and it’s a reminder that in cities like L.A., our local media also need to be global media.

  • District of Columbia or Domain of Cash?

    October 24, 2012
    Las Vegas made news last week when the New York Times reported that more political ads have aired in Sin City than anywhere else this election season. In fact, stations there have shortened news programs just to accommodate the ad glut. There’s a similar dance going on in our nation’s capital.
  • Join the Money, Media and Elections National Data Happy Hour!

    October 19, 2012

    Here at Free Press we’ve been talking a lot about how TV stations are raking in billions of dollars from political ads— and are failing to fact-check those ads, or cover the shady groups behind them.

    Now we want to pull back the curtain and let you see what’s going on behind the scenes at local TV stations. On Thurs., Oct. 25, Free Press and the Sunlight Foundation are holding a Money, Media and Elections National Data Happy Hour — and you’re invited!

  • FCC Commissioner McDowell Wrong on Net Neutrality and Investment

    October 19, 2012

    Washington, D.C., is often referred to as a “bubble,” and for good reason. On any given day there will be some kind of panel at an industry-funded “think tank” that includes regulators or other government officials speaking about the ills of government — and the virtues of unrestrained monopoly. This week we got two of these bubble moments courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Your Lying TV

    October 19, 2012

    In 2012, politics are all about spreading lies and making money.

    And we’re not talking nickels and dimes. Campaigns and Super PACs are raising billions of dollars to win over voters. A large chunk of that money ends up in the pockets of local broadcasters who are selling off the airwaves to place political ads. And way too many of these ads are dishonest.

  • Newsweek Bids Adieu to Print

    October 18, 2012

    If you’ve long enjoyed cradling a copy of Newsweek like it was your very own baby, you’d best stock up on old issues: The magazine is moving to an all-digital format in early 2013 and will be rechristened as Newsweek Global.

  • Entrepreneurs, Farmers and Students Bond With the Declaration of Internet Freedom

    October 17, 2012
    One way we work to protect online openness is by telling stories about the ways in which we use the Web to support our businesses, connect with our families and learn new skills. Earlier this month, reddit staff, startup founders and open Internet activists piled into Sen. John McCain’s former campaign bus to tour the Midwest and collect those stories.
  • In Las Vegas, the News Don't Come Cheap

    October 17, 2012

    It’s a known fact that TV stations are hitting the jackpot this year when it comes to political ads. But one city is taking it to a whole new level.

    The New York Times reported that Las Vegas has reached the top of the charts for the number of political ads aired — clocking in at about 10,000 ads per week, with at least 98 different ads in rotation.

  • No Kidding: Americans Pay More for Less

    October 16, 2012
    Spoiler alert: Americans pay more for high-speed mobile Internet service than anyone else. The culprit: the absence of real competition in the wireless market.

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