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“Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media.” The “grass-root” organization, launched in 2002 by media scholar Robert W. McChesney and Josh Silver, works against the corporate domination and control of the media and their influence on the government to implement media regulations concerning ownership, content, technology and distribution in their favor.

As the largest media reform organization in the United States, with nearly half a million activists and members and a full-time staff of more than 40, Free Press encourages people to engage in policy debates concerning media, in support for regulations that serve and protect the public interest against monopolistic corporate practices (p. 91), that promote diversity in programming (p. 81) and that support publicly owned media (p. 91).

Consequently, Free Press frequently challenges the Federal Communications Commissions by making them aware of certain drawbacks in for example the continuing media consolidation or concerning the future of the internet with the main focus on the issue of net neutrality. What does still have to be done to maintain/achieve net neutrality and prevent the cable companies from giving users unequal access to the internet?

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  1. Kathleen
    October 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Good post, Rebecca. You accurately summarized both Free Press and an issue presented in the reading. I hope Tuesday’s talk provided some insights to your question.

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