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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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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Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Seven Reasons: Why We Need Net Neutrality Now
On Friday, Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) marched across Independence Avenue and up the steps of the Capitol Building to introduce a bill that could stand as the First Amendment of the Internet age. The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 establishes the basic rules of the road for an open Internet. And its arrival couldn’t be more timely.
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
Obama's FCC Pick Another Good Sign for Open Media
As anticipated, Julius Genachowski has been tapped by President Barack Obama to head the Federal Communications Commission. The move is another indication that incoming leadership in Washington will move decisively to protect the free flowing Internet from those seeking to become gatekeepers to new media.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Obama's Broadband Roadmap
In a Saturday morning YouTube address, President-elect Barack Obama gave the nation a first glimpse at his administration's stimulus plan - and connecting everyone to the Internet was a main route on his roadmap to economic recovery. "Here, in the country that invented the Internet, every child should have the chance to get online, and they'll get that chance when I'm President," he said. "Because that's how we'll strengthen America's competitiveness in the world."
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Broadcasters: Don't Fence Those White Open Spaces
Tom Paine once urged Americans to "recover rights" that had been stolen from them by a British ruling class. His call came at the close of the 18th century, when the casting off of age-old tyrannies was an idea gaining popularity with the citizenry. Such powerful ideas were sparked by an information revolution that still fuels our democracy Printing presses were cheaply available to the likes of Paine and others for the mass production and distribution of pamphlets that railed against British colonial power.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
AT&T Promises Not to Spy on You... Sort Of
You would think that AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner execs had turned a page and formed a new front in defense of your online rights. Late last month, they lined up before the Senate to mouth principles that would, in their words, ensure that Internet "consumers have ultimate control over the use of their personal information and guards against privacy abuses."
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Why DC Lobbyists Fear 'White Spaces'
What if I told you we could use empty TV channels to connect millions of people to the Internet? The technology exists to do just that. But a powerful corporate lobby is standing in the way with a multimillion-dollar misinformation campaign aimed at Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. This month and next Washington will face a critical choice: Use new technology to open the Internet for everyone, or side with the lobbyists and prevent millions from getting connected.
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
St. Paul Mayor and Media Mum on Journalism Crackdown
In St. Paul this week, a new generation of media makers is under assault by the city's mayor and law enforcement officers. These local officials think freedom of the press is a privilege that extends only to their closest allies in mainstream media. For the rest of us, it's a crime.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
A Major Milestone in the Fight for an Open Internet
It's official. The Federal Communications Commission delivered its order on Wednesday lowering the hammer on Comcast for derailing Internet users' Web access and then pretending that the cable giant was doing nothing wrong.
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