Tim Karr

As the Campaign Director for Free Press and SavetheInternet.com, Karr oversees campaigns on public broadcasting and noncommercial media, fake news and propaganda, journalism in crisis, and the future of the Internet. Before joining Free Press, Tim served as executive director of MediaChannel.org and vice president of Globalvision New Media and the Globalvision News Network.

 

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Friday, July 02, 2010
How the TeleCom Industry Plans to Take Over the Internet in Four Easy Steps
Have you heard about the battle over the Internet? It's a power grab that involves lawyers, lobbyists, unscrupulous legislators, phony front groups and the most powerful telecommunications companies in the world. They've aligned themselves against the rest of us -- the millions of Americans who use the Internet every day, in increasingly inventive ways.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Fate of the Internet. Decided in a Back Room
The Wall Street Journal just reported that the Federal Communications Commission is holding "closed-door meetings" with industry to broker a deal on Net Neutrality – the rule that keeps control over the Internet with the people who use it. Given that the corporations at the table all profit from gaining control over information, the outcome won't be pretty.
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Saturday, May 08, 2010
Net Neutrality's Weird Week
On Thursday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski blinked. He balked. He backed away from phone and cable companies and moved toward broadband policies that will preserve the open Internet and promote universal access. For a moment, the chairman had a lot of people worried. A Washington Post story from earlier in the week indicated that Genachowski was going to cave to pressure from AT&T and Comcast lobbyists and abandon his pledge to protect Net Neutrality.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Public Outcry Over Comcast Ruling Reaches the FCC
The public outrage over last week's appeals court decision against an open Internet reached Washington this week. People are doing all they can to stop a decision that would effectively give phone and cable companies power to control Internet content, and undermine the open architecture that has transformed the Web into a democratic force in society.
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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Net Neutrality -- The Fight Ahead
"The Day the Internet Lost" read a full-banner headline at the front of Huffington Post yesterday. The New York Times held a wake for the Internet reporting that Internet service providers can now "block or slow specific sites" and demand that content producers now "pay a fee to ensure delivery of material."
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
AT&T Boss Asks Employees to Fake It
AT&T has "asked' its employees to fake it in the fight against Net Neutrality. The company’s top policy officer sent a memo to workers on Monday urging them to hide their company affiliation before posting anti-Net Neutrality comments to the Federal Communication Commission’s Web site.
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Does Astroturf Ever Die?
How do we rid Washington of astroturf? It's a blight that's spread over the Capitol like kudzu, smothering genuine public debate under a tangle of misinformation. Sporting names like "Tea Party Patriots," "Energy Citizens" and "Americans for Broadband," astroturf groups have pocketed millions from industry to prop up the status quo and denounce an overhaul of health care, curbs to carbon emissions and Net Neutrality protections.
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Monday, October 05, 2009
The Washington Post Needs to Come Clean on Net Neutrality
A Washington Post blog post published Monday hits on one central reason for making Net Neutrality the law. In " Protecting Free Speech in the Digital Age , " guest blogger Dawn Nunziato says that free speech on the Internet is too important to be subject to the whims of powerful phone and cable companies -- companies that have already demonstrated their willingness to block new ideas and innovations via the Web.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
FCC Chief 'Boldly' Commits to Net Neutrality
The fight for Net Neutrality just took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet. In a speech at the Brookings Institution , Julius Genachowski said the FCC must be a "smart cop on the beat" preserving Net Neutrality against increased efforts by providers to block services and applications over both wired and wireless connections.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
What Beck, Dobbs and Limbaugh Are Really Afraid Of
Can you smell the fear? Switch on cable news or tune in to talk radio and it comes wafting in. Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck has bottled his own scent. Lou Dobbs' fear gives off a distinct undertone of racial intolerance. And Rush Limbaugh takes to the air to spread an odor that's designed to make Americans angry at, well, other Americans.
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