Timothy Karr

Timothy Karr serves as the Campaign Director for Free Press, the Free Press Action Fund and SavetheInternet.com. Karr also critiques, analyzes and reports on media and media policy in his popular blog, MediaCitizen.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 9:45am
Shedding New Light on Dark Money
July 1 was a bright summer day for most of the nation, made even more so by a new tool designed to shed light on the dark money behind political advertising this year. On Tuesday, every major broadcast television station in the United States was required to post online information about the...
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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 11:30am
How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist
Last Tuesday, Rep. Eric Cantor learned the hard way that crony capitalism comes at a political cost. In a decisive 10-point upset , Cantor’s Republican primary opponent David Brat defeated the Virginia congressman after charging that he was “trying to buy this election with corporate cash.” Few...
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:51pm
Strike Two: Obama's Second FCC Chair Fails on Net Neutrality
When President Barack Obama pledged to appoint a Federal Communications Commission chair who was dedicated to protecting Net Neutrality, we had no reason to doubt he'd find the right person for the job.
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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 12:43pm
Why You Should Fear Big Bad Cable
Twenty-five years ago this month, Sir Tim Berners-Lee introduced an open protocol for sharing information that gave everyday Internet users the power over what they created and whom they connected with online.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:43pm
The Information Counter-Revolution
Many people in Kiev awoke Tuesday morning to a frightening text message on their phones. “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance,” it read.
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Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 2:58pm
A Net Neutrality Solution and the Internet's Future
In the wake of this week's devastating court decision on Net Neutrality, a consensus is emerging as to how the FCC can clean up its mess. On Tuesday a federal appeals court stripped the agency of its ability to stop companies like AT&T, Verizon and Time W
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:27pm
The Payola Internet
2013 could mark the end of the era of Internet openness.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:47pm
Defying the Odds to Save the Internet
It’s rare to see a communications bill that actually serves the public.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 9:07am
Verizon's Plan to Break the Internet
Verizon has big plans for the Internet. And if that doesn't worry you, it should. The company is trying to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, which prevents Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or otherwise discriminating against online content.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:02am
Ready to Dump Cable?
As CBS and Time Warner Cable remain locked in a battle over retransmission fees, you have to wonder when their millions of viewers will throw in the towel and abandon cable altogether. This latest dispute is nothing new. Media giants often grapple over retransmission fees, which cable companies pay to broadcasters for the right to include their channels in their lineup.
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