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Monday, December 21, 2020
Stimulus Bill Set to Pass With Billions for People Who Can't Afford Broadband
On Monday, the House and Senate plan to pass a $900-billion stimulus package to provide relief for people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stimulus agreement announced Sunday evening will set aside $7 billion for broadband, including a reported $3.2 billion for an emergency-broadband...
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Monday, November 30, 2020
Pai Pats Himself on the Back Again to Signal End of His Disastrous FCC Run
On Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced he would step down as chairman and leave the agency altogether on Jan. 20, 2021. While it’s customary for FCC chairs to step down when a president from a different party is elected, Pai’s statement made no mention of the Biden...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
With New Data Caps and Overage Fees, Internet Access Becomes More Costly, Despite Chairman Pai’s Promises
On Monday, several media outlets reported that Comcast, the nation’s largest cable-broadband provider, plans to impose data caps in 14 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. Other major ISPs, including AT&T, have imposed similar caps and overage fees. The move comes at...
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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Free Press Releases Directory of Resources for Reporters Covering Protests and Disinformation During the Election and Its Aftermath
On Thursday, Free Press released a directory of resources to help journalists keep their communities informed and safe during the volatile weeks ahead. Before and After the Vote: Journalism Resources for Keeping Communities Safe & Informed was created in response to what might happen: Many have...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
FCC Vote Signals Agency's Refusal to Address the Digital Divide During Pandemic and Beyond
On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission’s Republican majority, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to entrench the agency’s earlier abandonment of its authority over broadband. Their decision claims to address three issues the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit raised in 2019 when it...
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Friday, October 16, 2020
FCC Chairman Moves to Regulate Internet Sites and Social Media That Refuse to Amplify Trump Propaganda and Lies
On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the agency’s plans to move forward on new rules to govern content moderation on social-media platforms and other websites that feature third-party content. The FCC move comes in response to a White House executive order from...
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Wednesday, September 09, 2020
New Legislation Is the Latest Attempt by Trump and His Congressional Allies to Bend Online Platforms to Their Political Will
On Tuesday afternoon, three Senate Republicans introduced a bill that would restrict the protections granted to online platforms by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The legislation, proposed by Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R–Tennessee), Lindsey Graham (R–South Carolina) and Roger Wicker (R...
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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Free Press and Allies File Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Executive Order Against Social-Media Companies
On Thursday, Free Press joined Common Cause, Maplight, Rock the Vote and Voto Latino as plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s May 28 executive order that seeks to punish social-media companies for fact checking the president’s online posts. The administration’s order was in...
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Thursday, July 02, 2020
Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Controversial EARN IT Act
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an amended EARN IT Act, paving the way for floor debate in the full Senate. Though the bill has changed substantially since its early drafts, Free Press Action continues to raise serious concerns about the legislation. The original bill would have...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
As Attacks on Protesters and Journalists Increase, Coverage of Communities and Police Needs to Change
The weekend saw escalating police violence against protesters and reporters at nationwide demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd and systemic racial injustices. There has been an unprecedented number of attacks against journalists at many of these protests as law-enforcement...
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