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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.

  • Genachowski's Gigabit Gambit

    January 23, 2013

    Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski extolled the virtues of “gigabit” broadband:

    Making sure the U.S. has super-fast, high-capacity, ubiquitous broadband networks delivering speeds measured in gigabits, not megabits, isn’t just a matter of consumer convenience, as important as that is. It’s essential to economic growth, job creation and U.S. competitiveness.

  • Why Gigabit Matters

    January 22, 2013
    Gigabit is almost 150 times as fast as the average national broadband speed, giving communities an opportunity to develop a thriving culture of innovation.
  • Reform Draconian Computer Crime Law

    January 18, 2013
    The tragic death of Aaron Swartz, a 26-year-old coder and social activist, has shined a light on the sad truth about America’s misguided computer crime law, the breadth of discretion given to overzealous prosecutors and the unjust results that can occur when these two things work together.
  • AT&T: More Barriers. In More Devices.

    January 18, 2013

    AT&T is caving. Sort of.

    When the iPhone 5 launched last year, Apple announced that FaceTime, its video calling application, would now work over mobile networks.

    This was great news, especially for people who depend on video calling to communicate. But then AT&T blocked its customers from using FaceTime over its network.

  • The Movement Dr. Parker Made: Father of Media Reform Turns 100

    January 17, 2013
    It is entirely reasonable to suggest that the man who initiated what we today understand as a national media reform movement is Dr. Everett C. Parker, the amazing activist who successfully challenged media complicity with the Southern segregationists of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Big Media Behaving Badly

    January 16, 2013

    America’s biggest media companies are on a roll this month.

    Usually fancy new gadgets — not old-school media giants — are the focus of the Consumer Electronics Show. But this year the talk at CES was all about CBS.

    On the last day of the big electronics trade show, the technology site CNET was ready to announce its best-of-show awards. The winning gadget was a new digital video recorder (DVR) made by the satellite company DISH.

  • It's All About Trust: The Atlantic's Scientology Problem

    January 15, 2013
    On Monday night, the Atlantic presented a Church of Scientology ad dressed up as a news article. Within hours the piece had been removed and replaced with a note from the editors promising to “review their sponsored content guidelines.”
  • Lifting the Curtain at the Consumer Electronics Show

    January 15, 2013

    Last week at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show — better known as CES — tech engineers, journalists, bloggers and fanboys did their usual thing, i.e., they fixated on new toys and gadgets.

    Meanwhile, the men behind the curtain — including the chief executives at AT&T and Verizon — were busy making plans for the future of the Internet.

  • Remembering Aaron Swartz

    January 14, 2013

    This weekend, the Internet lost one of its biggest champions.

    Aaron Swartz, age 26, died on Friday. The cause was suicide. The loss to his friends, colleagues, fellow activists and the Internet at large is enormous.

  • Why a Woman Should Lead the FCC

    January 10, 2013

    The Federal Communications Commission has been around since 1934. And not once has a woman served as chair.

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