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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.

  • Oakland to FCC: Promote Equity and Access

    January 10, 2014
    New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler took part in a standing-room-only town-hall meeting Thursday night in Oakland, where he heard from Bay Area residents about the impact of media policies on their lives.
  • The Facts About Media Inequality in the Bay Area

    January 8, 2014
    #Oakland Voices: A Town Hall on Our Right to Communicate is just a few hours away. Tonight Oakland residents will get to speak directly to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler during the first community event of his tenure.
  • Need Motivation for 2014?

    January 8, 2014
    Free Press set out to raise $30,000 by year’s end. Thanks to you, we blew through that goal and raised more than $41,000.
  • Will Murdoch Succeed in Burying His Past?

    January 8, 2014
    It’s a new year for News Corp. But the recently rebranded media colossus can’t seem to shake off a 2013 hangover.
  • AT&T's "Sponsored Data": A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

    January 7, 2014
    This week AT&T announced another wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s just the latest example of how big companies are trying to reshape the open Internet.
  • Free Press Opens Its 10-Year Scrapbook

    December 26, 2013
    Not only is the New Year fast approaching, but Free Press is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, so forgive us if we’re in a particularly nostalgic mood. We’re just so amazed by all that Free Press and its members have accomplished — and even more excited about what lies ahead.
  • A Sorry Moment in the History of American Media

    December 20, 2013
    We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media — and barely anyone noticed. There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country.
  • United We Stand --- and Encrypt

    December 19, 2013
    At the end of October, as thousands of activists gathered in Washington, D.C., for the largest U.S. rally against domestic spying, the head of the National Security Agency sent a message to journalists reporting on surveillance and Edward Snowden’s revelations.
  • Why 60 Minutes Needs a Public Editor

    December 19, 2013
    Given60 Minutes’s recent missteps, one has to wonder whether its commitment to quality — or even basic fact-checking — remains strong.
  • Big Win: FCC Ditches Media Consolidation Proposal

    December 17, 2013
    Rupert Murdoch just got some bad news from one of his own newspapers. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission is dropping its old plans to allow more media consolidation.

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