Free Press

FreePress

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications. Learn more at www.freepress.net

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
With Massive Handouts To Sinclair, FCC Clears Path For A New Wave of Media Consolidation
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to erase several longstanding media-ownership limits that prevented one broadcast company from controlling too much media in a single market. The agency rolled back a local television-ownership rule that barred a broadcaster...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Trump FCC Moves Forward Plans to Gut Lifeline Program and Strand Millions on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide
The FCC voted along party lines on Thursday to move forward plans to eviscerate the Lifeline program, which provides a modest $9.25 monthly subsidy to most recipients so that millions of poor people can connect to communications services. The agency’s Republican leadership voted to advance a...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Report: FCC Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Set for Dec. 14
The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote to overturn open-internet protections at its open meeting on Dec. 14, according to a report Wednesday from Bloomberg News. In May, the agency voted along party lines to begin a rulemaking process to jettison these strong protections grounded in...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Trump's CNN Threat a Potential Abuse of Power
The U.S Department of Justice has told AT&T executives that they may need to divest Time Warner’s Turner Networks — including CNN — for the regulator to approve AT&T’s multibillion-dollar acquisition of the media giant, according to several media reports on Wednesday. President Donald Trump...
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Friday, September 01, 2017
Free Press to FCC's Pai: Everyday Internet Users Reject Your Plan to Kill Net Neutrality. Listen to Them.
On Wednesday, Free Press submitted reply comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s latest Net Neutrality proceeding, calling out Chairman Ajit Pai for his dangerous scheme to dismantle vital open-internet protections. The Free Press filing offers still more proof that the FCC’s 2015 Open...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Free Press Responds to Sinclair: Biased Broadcast Conglomerate Offers Zero Evidence That Illegal Mega-Merger Will Serve the Public
On Tuesday, Free Press filed its reply to last week’s Sinclair Broadcast Group merger filing at the Federal Communications Commission. Sinclair’s filing should have been an opportunity for the company to explain the supposed benefits of its merger with Tribune Media Company, but Sinclair largely...
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
National Momentum for July 12 Day of Action Grows as Net Neutrality Comments Are Breaking All Records
In less than 24 hours, a diverse coalition of Net Neutrality supporters will launch a nationwide “Day of Action” to mobilize people to demonstrate their support for the open-internet protections the Trump administration is trying to overturn. The Federal Communications Commission docket for public...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Trump's FCC Advances Scheme to Gut Open-Internet Protections and End Net Neutrality
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to begin a rulemaking process in order to jettison Title II protections and once again place broadband-access providers under Title I of the Communications Act — a move that would undermine the sound and successful basis for...
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Monday, May 08, 2017
Sinclair's Takeover of Tribune Stations Brought to You by Trump's FCC Chairman
Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest television-station conglomerate, is set to get even larger, according to media reports over the weekend that it will soon finalize a deal to buy Tribune Media. This massive media merger would add 42 Tribune stations to the Sinclair empire, including...
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Friday, April 07, 2017
Trump’s FCC Chairman Meets with Phone and Cable Lobbyists to Unveil Plan to Destroy the Open Internet
President Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, met with phone- and cable-industry lobbyists this week to unveil his plan to undermine the landmark Net Neutrality protections that were passed in 2015. According to media reports, Pai intends to repeal the Open Internet Order and replace it with voluntary...
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