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.

  • Big Open Pipes

    June 4, 2013
    In 1992, consumers were giving Congress an earful about their cable bills. A decade of deregulation meant cable subscribers had to fend for themselves in a monopoly market where cable TV companies abused their pricing power.
  • The Series of Tubes: Feminist Face-Off with Facebook

    May 31, 2013

    It’s a hot, hot Friday here on the East Coast, a perfect time to dig into this week’s Internet happenings — including feminist wins, the online hacking of our friend (boo!) and campaigns to get us more information and stomp out the trolls.

  • Broadcast, Broadband and Bundle Bloat

    May 31, 2013
    What’s on tonight? For many Americans, the answer is “nothing worth watching.” Broadcast networks, once the kings of primetime, are in the midst of a historic ratings decline. And though there are some bright spots on the cable dial, the audiences for some cable channels are also dwindling.
  • Hundreds Rally to Protect Their Local Papers

    May 30, 2013

    On May 29th, in cities around the country, people took to the streets to tell the Tribune Company to reject a bid from the notorious Koch brothers for its eight newspapers. In a national day of action to “save our news,” rallies were held in 14 communities and activists delivered more than half a million petition signatures to the Tribune Company.

  • Think Bigger

    May 30, 2013

    Two years ago, entrepreneur and activist Jim Gilliam spoke to an audience in New York City about how the Internet — the people he connected with online, the information he depended on every day — helped him survive cancer. “The Internet is my religion,” he said to an emotional crowd.

  • National Day of Action to Stop the Kochs

    May 29, 2013
    If you thought the Koch brothers’ interest in buying the eight Tribune Company newspapers was business as usual, think again. And today, protesters are turning out nationwide to oppose a Koch bid.
  • Kate Middleton and the Crisis in Climate Coverage

    May 29, 2013
    The watchdog group Media Matters recently reported that in 2012, the network nightly news programs devoted only 12 full segments to climate change. During that same period, these programs dedicated seven times more coverage to the British Royal Family.
  • Protesting the Koch Brothers

    May 24, 2013

    Every week for the past month, there have been rallies and protests outside the offices of Tribune Company newspapers around the U.S. Rumors are swirling about the potential sale of the Tribune papers  including the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times  to the notorious billionaire Koch brothers. 

  • Come Clean: Groups Demand Transparency from Attorney General Eric Holder

    May 24, 2013

    A day after President Obama ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to review the Justice Department’s guidelines regarding interactions with the press, Free Press and a diverse coalition of civil liberties, digital rights and open government groups weighed in on the agency’s treatment of journalists’ sources and information.

  • The Very Model of the Modern Messy Video Market

    May 23, 2013
    While I’ve spent a fair amount of my adult life critiquing the media, I am in fact a pretty big fan of television.


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