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As the Web Turns 25, Its Creator Talks About Its Future

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:34
New York Times

One of the most important aspects of the growth of the web came in April 1993, when the technology was made available for anyone to use, royalty-free. While Tim Berners-Lee said he was incredibly grateful for what the Web has done since those early days, he warned that people need to realize that a current battle around so-called Network Neutrality could permanently harm the future of the Web.

What Would an Alternative Online Economy Look Like?

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:32
KALW-FM

In the first half of 2013, Internet ad revenue reached $20 Billion dollars. What are the economic drivers of the digital world? Who is benefiting from revenues generated online? And what are the alternatives?

In Tennessee, Four Bills Seek to Reverse Restrictions on Public Broadband

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:31
Ars Technica

Tennessee is one of 20 states that have restrictions on municipal broadband networks, enacted to protect private Internet service providers from competition. Now, though, there are four bills in the Tennessee House and Senate that would "un-do some of the restrictions previous legislation put in place several years ago."

Comcast's Own History Is Best Argument Against Time Warner Deal

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:10
Forbes

A Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal would wipe out any notion of future competition within the broadband industry. You could argue that consumers don’t have meaningful choice as it is, since cable companies long ago conspired to stay out of each others’ markets, a fact that Comcast, without any irony, points to in favor of a merger. But this proposed deal is not simply about one huge cable company buying another.

Comcast Spreads Cash Wide on Capitol Hill

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:04
Politico

Money from Comcast’s political action committee has flowed to all but three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Checks have landed in the campaign coffers of Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee, who oversee the chamber’s antitrust panel.

An Online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee Calls for Bill of Rights for Web

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:32
The Guardian

The inventor of the world wide Web believes an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.

Matt Wood Added As Witness in STELA Hearing

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:31
Broadcasting & Cable

Matt Wood, policy director for Free Press, has been added to the witness list for the March 12 STELA hearing in the House Communications Subcommittee.

A Free Press Crusader on the Crimean Front Line

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 18:56
Free Press

Within three days of the takeover of the Crimean parliament, Dmitry Polonsky, a leader of the pro-Kremlin Russia Unity Party that seized power, urged a rally of supporters to watch only pro-Russian state TV. All other outlets, he said, are spreading “mendacious” lies about Russian interference in Crimean affairs.

There's No Real Difference Between Online Espionage and Online Attack

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:48
The Atlantic

Cyber-espionage is a form of cyberattack. It's an offensive action. It violates the sovereignty of another country, and we're doing it with far too little consideration of its diplomatic and geopolitical costs.

Protecting Television Consumers by Protecting Competition

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:46
Federal Communications Commission

Every four years, the FCC is required by law to assess its media ownership rules and determine if they need to be modified to serve the public interest. In fact, it’s been six years since the Commission last completed a quadrennial review, so it goes without saying that the video marketplace has changed dramatically since the FCC last updated these rules.

Franken, Klobuchar Have Questions for Comcast-Time Warner Cable

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:45
MinnPost

Both Minnesota senators say they have questions for Comcast and Time Warner before the two media giants are allowed to merge. The only difference: Amy Klobuchar is taking a look, while Al Franken is taking aim.

Comcast's Biggest Lobbyist Dodges Lobbying Rules by Pretending He's Usually Not Lobbying

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:43
TechDirt

Despite spending the lion's share of his time lobbying, David Cohen doesn't have to follow the disclosure rules for lobbyists -- and hasn't since 2007 -- because he's able to simply pretend he doesn't spend much time lobbying.

David L. Cohen Quite Influential Without Being a 'Lobbyist'

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:41
Philadelphia Inquirer

As Comcast makes its case, David Cohen doesn't have to follow the disclosure rules for lobbyists because, for all his influence, he is not a lobbyist. At least not officially.

The Government Is Dropping the Hyperlink Charges Against Barrett Brown

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:39
Washington Post

The U.S. government has filed a motion to dismiss most of its criminal case against self-proclaimed Anonymous spokesperson and journalist Barrett Brown -- including all charges related to a hyperlink Brown had posted that pointed readers to online files where they could access thousands of stolen credit card numbers.

U.S. Antitrust Chief Recused on Comcast, Time Warner Cable Review

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:25
Reuters

The top U.S. antitrust regulator, Bill Baer, will be recused from reviewing Comcast and Time Warner Cable's proposed merger, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Q&A: Comcast Deals Reignite Net Neutrality Fight

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:18
USA Today

Court ruling, Comcast deals shake up the landscape for distributing content. Here are some questions to consider.

Time Warner Cable Deal Sets Comcast's D.C. Lobbying Machine in Motion

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:16
Bloomberg

As Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company, seeks the federal government’s approval for a $45.2 billion deal to buy No. 2 Time Warner Cable, the company, and Comcast's unofficial chief lobbyist David Cohen, are everywhere in Washington—pressing their case with members of Congress and their staffs by day and entertaining them by night.

Our Rights Shouldn't Come with an Expiration Date

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:39
Free Press

Comcast has taken advantage of the very real public concerns about the loss of Net Neutrality and tried to paint itself and the merger as saviors of the open Internet — but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

FCC Chairman Proposes Limits on Local TV Alliances for Retransmission Deals

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:31
Deadline New York

Public interest groups like Chairman Tom Wheeler’s retransmission consent and TV station shared services agreement proposals better than I envisioned. Public Knowledge says the plans “will represent a meaningful attempt to rein in programming costs.” Free Press CEO Craig Aaron lauded the chairman’s “willingness to steer clear of the mistakes of FCC predecessors who turned a blind eye” to TV alliances and ownership limits.

Here’s What Happens When the Readers Choose the Front Page Story

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:29
NewsWhip

What if front pages were selected by newspapers’ readers instead of their editors? At NewsWhip, we’re always interested in the news stories people are choosing to share – and how those stories differ from the normal news stories editors put on the front pages of big newspapers. So we ran a little experiment.

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