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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.

  • Internet Hunt

    February 15, 2013
    It took me about five months to be able to purchase a wireless Internet box for my home. Initially, I did not worry too much about having Internet at home, but when I noticed that my sister was turning in assignments late at her community college, and thus lagging at the back of the class, I decided the investment in Internet was necessary.
  • The Growing Digital Divide in Indian Country

    February 14, 2013
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski addressed the National Congress of American Indians in 2010, the first sitting chair of the Commission to do so. If that was any indication of how long it has taken to bring the spotlight to the digital divide in Indian Country, it was only the beginning.
  • Georgia Bill Aims to Limit Investment in Internet Networks

    February 12, 2013
    The Georgia General Assembly is considering another bill to limit investment in telecommunications networks in the state, an odd proposition when just about everyone agrees that states need as much investment in these networks as possible.
  • Event: The Crisis in Climate Coverage

    February 11, 2013

    For too long media outlets have treated climate change like a policy debate with two equal and opposing sides, even as the vast weight of science has stacked up on one side of the debate. This tendency to equate unequal arguments, to validate inaccuracies and spin, has undoubtedly slowed much-needed progress toward both broader awareness and better policies.

  • Bring Dark Money to Account

    February 8, 2013

    Think the election season ended on Nov. 6? Think again.

    The shadowy Super PACs and front groups that polluted the airwaves with political ads are already raising millions from corporations and billionaires to batter television viewers with a new wave of ads.

  • Big Trouble in Little Rock

    February 7, 2013
    When I look at Little Rock, Ark., I see media consolidation. But that’s not what the Federal Communications Commission sees, and that’s a problem.
  • Is Free Public Wi-Fi Possible?

    February 6, 2013

    The noisy response to a front-page Washington Post story about an alleged government plan to create free public Wi-Fi networks indicates public enthusiasm for cheaper Internet access in America. If only it were so simple. 

  • (Not So) Free Wi-Fi

    February 4, 2013
    Having failed to garner sufficient congressional support for SOPA, the powerful content industry (big Hollywood studios, the Recording Industry of America, etc.) has now partnered with equally powerful Internet service providers to hatch a “Six Strikes” plan that may threaten the availability of free public Wi-Fi.
  • Win, Fail or Racist? A Look at Super Bowl Commercials

    February 4, 2013
    More than 111 million people tuned into the 2012 Super Bowl, the most-watched program in television history. The final numbers aren't in yet, but Super Bowl 2013 was expected to be another record-breaker. The commercials likely made some people laugh, some people cry — and undoubtedly left others infuriated.
  • Susan Crawford Warns of Dire Consequences for Internet Users

    February 1, 2013
    Susan Crawford’s new book, Captive Audience, details a host of challenges for the Internet and its users as this network enters middle age. Many of its recent growing pains come at the hands of network providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon that sell access to the global network.

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