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Six Myths About the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:19
Free Press

We break down the biggest myths and misconceptions about the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger.

Coalition Calls for Protecting Privacy Rights of Communities of Color

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 22:12
Free Press

A coalition of civil rights, media justice and public interest groups released a set of principles that address the danger of corporate and government surveillance of communities of color in the digital age.

Free Press' Matt Wood Tells the Senate to Boost Wireless Competition

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:38
Free Press

There’s a reason your cellphone bill gives you heart palpitations every month: There’s hardly any competition in the U.S. wireless market. And without any real competition, companies like AT&T and Verizon can do whatever they want to streamline your wallet.

DoJ Still Ducking Scrutiny After Misleading Supreme Court on Surveillance

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:08
The Intercept

In October 2012, United States Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. was in a tight spot. Seeking dismissal of a legal challenge against an NSA warrantless electronic surveillance program, the Department of Justice had taken the position that the rabble-rousers represented by the ACLU had no standing to sue because they couldn’t prove they had been subjected to surveillance. But who, if anyone, could prove they were harmed by a program cloaked in secrecy?

Feds Move to Keep NSA Call Data Indefinitely

Free Press Newswire - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 20:46

Citing the need to preserve evidence related to pending lawsuits, the Obama administration is asking for permission to keep data on billions of U.S. phone calls indefinitely instead of destroying it after five years.

Google Fears FCC's New Internet Powers

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:18
National Journal

A recent court decision that endorsed a broad view of the FCC's authority over the Internet has Google and other Web companies nervous. In closed-door meetings with regulators and Capitol Hill staff, Google's lawyers have said they're worried how the FCC may use its new-found powers, according to multiple people familiar with the meetings.

Netflix Deal Shows Peril of Comcast-Time Warner Plan

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:16
San Jose Mercury News

Netflix's agreement to pay Comcast for smoother streaming of movies and TV shows marks the end of an era for the Internet. It should send shivers down the spines of anybody who relies on online information.

Introducing the Comcast Tax

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:16

This week, Comcast Corp. announced a deal under which it will charge Netflix Inc. for the right to deliver streaming video directly into Comcast's physical network. This is a game-changer: America's largest cable network is building a moat around its system and can now charge connecting networks for the privilege of sending traffic to its users. The FCC needs to get on the case. Otherwise, high-capacity innovative uses of the Internet in U.S. will be subject to an arbitrary Comcast tax.

Nobody Knows What Netflix Is Actually Paying Comcast. That's a Problem.

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:14
Washington Post

Will Netflix pass the cost of its new Comcast agreement onto its own customers? If so, would that cost be tripled or quadrupled if Netflix then signs separate deals with other Internet providers, such as Verizon? It's hard to say. Neither Netflix nor Comcast is talking specifics about the deal, but it has spawned a great deal of speculation on the issue.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler May Tighten Media Ownership Rules

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:45

The FCC could be close to a long overdue review of media ownership rules come March, and there’s bad news for media owners: Early indications are that the new chairman Tom Wheeler is likely to propose tightening them.

What's Behind Google Fiber's Expansion Push?

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:44
San Francisco Chronicle

Does the king of high-margin, low-overhead search and advertising really want to get into the heavy-lifting, highly regulated world of being a nationwide broadband provider? Some on Wall Street seem to think so.

Watchdogs Have 'Grave Concerns' Over Netflix Deal with Cable Giant Comcast

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:42
The Guardian

Consumer groups and media watchdogs expressed “grave concerns” about Netflix’s landmark pact with cable giant Comcast for improved Internet service.

Video: How the Comcast-Netflix Deal Affects You

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:40
Bloomberg News

Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron, Executive Vice President Dan Rayburn and Bloomberg’s Alex Sherman discuss Netflix’s deal to pay Comcast for more direct access to its broadband network and what that means for consumers.

Comcast Foundation's Giving to Minority Groups Likely to Aid Approval of Time Warner Cable Buyout

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:23
Center for Public Integrity

As Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable roll out a massive lobbying effort to win regulatory approval for the merger of the nation’s two largest cable companies, one key step for the companies will be garnering the support of prominent civil rights and minority groups.

Why Does Netflix Deny It's Buying Preferential Treatment?

Free Press Newswire - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 13:18
Los Angeles Times

It's only fair that bandwidth-hogging Netflix and presumably its subscribers pay Comcast more for broadband access than those who don't use the service.

The Internet Is Fucked

Free Press Newswire - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 21:30
The Verge

In a perfect storm of corporate greed and broken government, the internet has gone from vibrant center of the new economy to burgeoning tool of economic control.

The Disappearance of Black-Owned TV Stations

Free Press Newswire - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 21:49
The Tavis Smiley Show

A recent report from the advocacy group, Free Press, found that there are no Black-owned and operated full-power television stations in the U.S. today. Eight years ago, there were 18—and while that number represented just 1.3 percent of all U.S. TV stations, it was, at least, a presence. Joseph Torres, senior external affairs director for Free Press, joins Tavis Smiley to explain why Black-owned stations have disappeared.

The Netflix-Comcast Agreement Isn’t a Network Neutrality Violation, but It Is a Problem

Free Press Newswire - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 21:47

The interconnection agreement Comcast and Netflix signed isn’t a violation of network neutrality, but it continues a troubling precedent for the internet and has anti-competitive overtones.

Justice Department to FCC: Rein in TV Consolidation

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 20:36
Free Press

For years local TV station conglomerates have used sneaky loopholes to evade federal limits on how much media one company can own. But there are hopeful signs that this practice is coming under increased scrutiny in Washington.

Comcast’s Web of Lobbying and Philanthropy

Free Press Newswire - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:29
New York Times

Only a few hours had passed after the $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable was announced when an early voice emerged endorsing the deal. “Win-win situation for American businesses,” said the statement from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It was the start of what Comcast executives acknowledge will be a carefully orchestrated campaign, as the company will seek hundreds of such expressions of support for the deal — from members of Congress, state officials and leaders of nonprofit and minority-led groups — as it tries to nudge federal authorities to approve the merger.

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