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Free Press is a nonprofit and national organization that is working to reform the media in the United States.  Free Press was founded by Robert W. McChesney and Josh Silver in 2002.  According to the Free Press website, they promote “diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism and universal access to communications through education, organizing, and advocacy.”  Free Press wants better media and better media policies.  They believe that “a vibrant, diverse and independent media is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy” (http://www.freepress.net/about_us).

Chapter 3 in Media/Society discusses the issue of net neutrality.  Net neutrality means that Internet service providers will not base the quality of their services on the websites that are being visited.  Some companies want to charge Web site owners a fee to use the network and those who do not pay will be forced to suffer; their websites will not load as quickly as others and their applications won’t work as well.  Free Press believes in net neutrality and that every web site should be treated without any discrimination.  The internet is a place where everyone has an equal chance of being seen and heard.  Without net neutrality, entrepreneurs do not stand a chance against big corporations.

The question I would like to ask is “How is the internet on our mobile devices any different from the internet on our computers?”  The FCC will not protect users and websites from discrimination when we access the internet on our phones.  This means that the phone companies can block certain apps or have certain websites load very slowly.  I don’t understand how the internet on our computers and the internet on our phones are two different things.

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  1. Kathleen
    October 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Good summation of Free Press and the chapter. Very insightful question regarding the internet! I wish you would have asked this on Tuesday. I can’t tell from your username who you are, so please tell me either your first or last name so I can award you credit for this post. Thanks!

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