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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.

  • Georgia's Internet Uprising

    March 12, 2013

    The movement to connect more people to high-speed Internet services scored a win in Georgia last Thursday. It’s a victory that should resonate in every U.S. community that is struggling to give people better Internet access.

  • In Your Face, Rupert

    March 8, 2013

    We’ve been fighting media consolidation for a decade, and this month we chalked up another win. Thanks to the efforts of Free Press activists and allies around the country, the Federal Communications Commission announced it will again delay its vote on whether to weaken the media ownership rules.

  • I'm the Guy Who Sends the Emails

    March 7, 2013

    I’m the Internet campaign director at Free Press — the guy who sends you emails about things like CISPA, Net Neutrality and mobile phone unlocking. I’m also the guy who put together the Internet-themed sessions for the National Conference for Media Reform. 

    Well, we just unveiled our program, and it’s fantastic.

  • 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.

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