• Verizon's Broadband Bunk

    December 8, 2011

    A letter to the editor of the New York Times from Verizon Chairman Ivan Seidenberg had us scratching our heads at Free Press today.

    Seidenberg wrote to rebut an Op-Ed written by former White House technology adviser Susan Crawford, in which she states that the United States high-speed Internet marketplace suffers from a lack of competition, a problem that drives up broadband prices for American Internet users.

  • Mayor Bloomberg's First Amendment Problem

    November 21, 2011

    Since the beginning of his crackdown against the Occupy Wall Street movement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has gone to great lengths to present himself as a champion of the First Amendment. But the free speech rhetoric coming from City Hall hasn't matched the brutal reality journalists have experienced on the front lines of the protest.

    In the two months since the movement began, 26 journalists covering OWS events across the country have been arrested. More than half of these arrests have occurred in New York City, where 12 journalists were arrested in the last week alone.

  • Saving the Democratic Internet

    November 9, 2011

    Opponents of the open Internet like to portray its guiding rule, Net Neutrality, as "a government takeover of the Internet."

    They argue that from the day of its inception the Internet has existed free of regulation — a perfect expression of the marketplace at work.

  • Why Is Justin Bieber So Hackin Mad?

    November 2, 2011

    Justin Bieber is pissed off and you should be, too.

    What's made Bieber so angry? A bill in Congress that could rip apart the open fabric of the Internet and let corporations censor free speech.

    The "Stop Online Piracy Act" or SOPA gives private entities the power to blacklist websites at will. And it violates the due process rights of the thousands of users who could see their sites disappear from the Internet.

  • News Corp. Protesters Issue List of Grievances

    October 20, 2011

    A coalition of concerned citizens, labor organizations, advocacy groups and OccupyLA protesters will demonstrate outside News Corporation’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday, Oct. 21.

    While we come from different backgrounds and interests we are joining together in Los Angeles because we believe that no single company should be allowed to own an overwhelming share of the media in our country.

    These are our grievances against News Corp.:

  • High Noon for Internet Freedom

    September 30, 2011

    As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom.

  • Free Press Files Suit to Protect Openness on the Wireless Web

    September 28, 2011

    On Wednesday afternoon Free Press filed a legal challenge to the Open Internet rules recently published by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Welcome to Your Hungarian Internet

    September 14, 2011

    The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the U.S. has sunk to 25th in a global ranking of Internet speeds, just behind Romania.

  • Did AT&T Lie to Your Representative?

    August 23, 2011

    Earlier this summer 76 House Democrats were misled by AT&T.

    They signed on to a letter circulated by Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) that was so packed with AT&T talking points and spin that it’s worth wondering who really drafted the letter.

  • Free Speech Beyond the Turnstiles

    August 19, 2011

    I have spent most of the week poring over news stories, blogs and commentary on last week’s decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to shut off cellphone service to quash planned protests on its trains and platforms.