• Free Press Joins with Civil Rights Leaders to Oppose FCC’s Giveaway to Big Media

    November 29, 2012
    The chorus of opposition to the FCC’s secretive plan to gut media ownership limits is growing louder. On Wednesday, civil rights organizations, unions and public interest groups came together to show they are united against the FCC’s scheme.
  • Why Is the Obama FCC Plotting a Massive Giveaway to Rupert Murdoch?

    November 19, 2012

    What if I told you the Obama administration's first major post-election policy move was a big, fat gift for Rupert Murdoch?

    You might ask: The same Rupert Murdoch who owns Fox News?

    The same Rupert Murdoch who scandalized England with phone-hacking, influence peddling and bribery?

  • AT&T: Pay Me, Screw Net Neutrality

    August 21, 2012

    From electricity to earmuffs, once you buy a product or service from a company, it shouldn't be any of their business how you choose to use it.

    The power company doesn't say you can't use the energy-saving features on your new refrigerator unless you buy more electricity, and your grocer doesn't make you buy an extra loaf of bread if you stop purchasing potato chips.

  • The Declaration of Internet Freedom

    July 2, 2012

    This post originally appeared in Slate.

    Internet freedom isn’t a left or right issue — it should matter to everyone who cares about the health and future of democracy.

  • Big Win! AT&T Drops Its T-Mobile Takeover Bid

    December 19, 2011

    This is huge: AT&T just announced it’s finally abandoning its doomed merger with T-Mobile.

    For nearly a year, we've been showing that this deal would have only meant higher prices, fewer choices and tens of thousands of lost American jobs. Free Press knew it; the Department of Justice agreed; so did the FCC.

  • Seacrest In? What Happened to Comcast's Commitment to the News?

    December 9, 2011

    Yesterday I was as close to Ryan Seacrest as I'll probably ever get. I was quoted in a story in the New York Times about rumors Seacrest might succeed Matt Lauer as host of Today on NBC. The celebrity beat is not my normal bailiwick, but the Seacrest story raises some serious questions about Comcast's commitment to news.

    A year ago, when Comcast was pushing through its multibillion-dollar mega-merger with NBC (with an assist from future in-house lobbyist Meredith Attwell Baker), the company promised that it wouldn't interfere with the news operations. It didn't say anything about possibly abandoning them altogether.

  • No Way, AT&T

    November 22, 2011

    The Wall Street Journal just reported that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving to join the Department of Justice in rejecting AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

    Genachowski will reportedly call for an "administrative hearing" in tandem with the DoJ's suit to block the merger. This signals that the prospects for approval of this merger are next to none.

    "It's rare for the FCC to seek an administrative hearing on merger deals like this," reports the Journal. "The last time the agency did this was in 2002 on the proposed merger of EchoStar and DirecTV. The companies eventually pulled the deal."

  • Victory for Net Neutrality

    November 10, 2011

    Your phone calls, emails and persistence have paid off: Today the Senate voted down the resolution that would have shuttered the open Internet.

    This outrageous measure would have stripped us of our right to communicate freely online and handed control of the Internet to companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

  • For AT&T Merger, Facts Trump Politics

    August 31, 2011

    Today the Justice Department filed suit to block AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

  • No Rubber Stamp for AT&T in California

    June 15, 2011

    Last week I had the chance to testify before the California Public Utilities Commission about the harms of AT&T’s pending takeover of T-Mobile.