Free Press

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, April 01, 2021
Supreme Court Awards the FCC for Long Neglecting Its Mandate to Promote Media Diversity in the United States
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed strictly on procedural and agency-deference grounds the Trump FCC’s 2017 order that loosened local broadcast-ownership limits. The Court’s decision allows that 2017 order to stand for now, unfortunately prolonging the agency’s ongoing neglect of its...
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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Broadband-Infrastructure Bill Centers Affordability and Equity
On Thursday, Rep. James Clyburn (D–South Carolina) reintroduced the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act (AAIA). He first unveiled the legislation last June and the House of Representatives passed it in July as part of the Moving Forward Act . The AAIA is expected to move in tandem with...
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Friday, February 26, 2021
Free Press Welcomes FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Plan
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission finalized rules for its $3.2-billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program to provide a monthly discount to millions of people struggling to afford internet access. The full text of the order was made public on Friday, and approved on a unanimous and...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
California Net Neutrality Law Clears Major Hurdle
On Tuesday, a California federal district court rejected the efforts of cable and phone lobbyists to block the state’s enforcement of its landmark Net Neutrality law. The California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act passed in 2018 to fill the void left by the Trump FCC’s repeal of...
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Matt Wood Testifies Before Congress in Support of Affordable Broadband During the COVID Crisis and Beyond
What follows is the spoken testimony of Free Press Action Vice President of Policy and General Counsel Matt Wood, which will be delivered today before the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Wood is testifying in support of treating broadband as an essential...
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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Free Press Cheers the Appointment of Jessica Rosenworcel as Acting FCC Chair and Rebecca Slaughter as Acting FTC Chair
On Wednesday, the Biden administration appointed Jessica Rosenworcel acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. The move follows the inauguration of President Joe Biden and the resignation of former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Rosenworcel has served as an FCC commissioner since 2012,...
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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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