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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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Fighting for Techdirt and All Independent Media
Anyone who’s followed Techdirt’s reporting and analysis over the years knows how vital this news outlet has been when it comes to clearing the fog that often clouds policy debates about Net Neutrality, broadband access, spectrum allocation, copyright reform and media ownership. Founder Mike Masnick...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Journalists Should Stand Up for Whistleblowers
The Obama administration’s ongoing crusade against government whistleblowers — which culminated last year in the imprisonment of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling — has reignited a debate over the role journalists should play in defending their profession and the sources and networks on which it...
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Monday, December 28, 2015
For Internet Users, 2015 Was a Year of Many Wins... and One Loss
While not every fight ended in a win for Internet users, 2015 was a year when millions of advocates defied the conventional wisdom that tech policymaking was an arcane and secretive world limited to a small circle of insiders. We organized online and off, sending millions of comments in support of...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Congress’ Alternate Reality on Net Neutrality
The hearing, deceptively titled “ Common Carrier Regulation of the Internet: Investment Impacts ,” is another misguided opportunity for members of the House, including Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Oregon), to repeat unsubstantiated claims about the supposed economic harms of the FCC’s open...
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Sunday, September 06, 2015
Big Phone and Cable’s Summer Hack-a-thon
In the last few weeks at least five anti-Net Neutrality Op-Eds have appeared in newspapers around the country. These pieces strike suspiciously familiar notes — and in some cases use identical language. All of this begs the obvious question: Did the phone and cable lobby orchestrate this wave of...
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Friday, July 17, 2015
When Talking About U.S. Broadband, Don’t Say the ‘I’ Word
Want a blazing fast Internet? Well, you can get it if you live in select parts of the United States where ultra-high-speed services are available — and if you’re willing to pay a lot of money. On Monday, Comcast announced that it will charge $300 a month for Gigabit Pro, its new 2 gigabit...
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Friday, April 10, 2015
For Telco Industry Hacks, 'Progress' Is Just Another Word for Crony Capitalism
The Internet's politically engaged public is here to stay. Millions of people have begun to use online tools to engage in policy fights and protect our online rights — most recently to secure historic Net Neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission. That's a good thing. But it's...
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up
In the early days of the Arab Spring, Wael Ghonim declared, “If you want to liberate a society, just give them the Internet.” Ghonim, a well-known Egyptian activist at the center of the Cairo protests, shouldn’t have stopped there. Just giving a society the Internet isn’t enough to set it free. As...
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Monday, December 22, 2014
Four Ways 2014 Was a Pivotal Year for the Internet
The death of the Internet is at hand. Sound familiar? That’s what Internet pioneer Robert Metcalfe predicted in 1995 when he wrote that spiraling demands on the fledgling network would cause the Internet to “catastrophically collapse” by 1996. Metcalfe, of course, was dead wrong: The Internet is...
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Monday, December 01, 2014
Obama, the Telcos and Getting Net Neutrality Right
In November, President Obama called for strong Net Neutrality protections, making good on promises to support the open Internet by urging the Federal Communications Commission “to make sure that consumers and not the cable companies get to decide what sites they use.” The president was following...
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