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Craig Aaron
Craig Aaron is the President & CEO of Free Press, the national, nonpartisan, nonprofit media reform group. He works in the Washington office and speaks often to the press and the public on media, Internet and journalism issues. His commentaries appear regularly in the Guardian and the Huffington Post. Before joining Free Press, he was an investigative reporter for Public Citizen's Congress Watch and the managing editor of In These Times magazine. He is the editor of two books, Appeal to Reason: 25 Years In These Times and Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. Follow him on Twitter @notaaroncraig.

Entries by Craig Aaron

Sorry, Ms. Jackson: Net Neutrality Is Biggest Thing Ever at the FCC

(10) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:34 AM

The Federal Communications Commission has never seen anything like the debate over Net Neutrality, which has inspired everything from a week-long encampment at its doorstep to John Oliver comparing the chairman to a dingo.

And there's no question that public awareness about the danger the open...

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The FCC's Flimsy Defense of Fake Net Neutrality

(15) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 9:13 AM

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants you to calm down.

A firestorm of public outrage flared up after his latest plans to permit a pay-to-play Internet leaked. The Federal Communications Commission lit up with angry phone calls, irate emails, and a lot (I mean

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Wake Up, Internet -- Time to Save Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:26 PM

What if you had only three weeks before the Internet you know and love was about to disappear?

Would you spend your time binging on listicles or the final season of Breaking Bad? Or would you do something about it?

Would you email all your friends with the news? Blast...

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Comcast Goes to Washington... and Flops

(4) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:24 PM

Comcast took to Washington this week to sell its mega-merger with Time Warner Cable. But in a week that Comcast had hoped to parade the proposed merger past Congress and regulators it quickly became clear that the cable giant couldn't make the case.

On Tuesday, Comcast filed its official...

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Net Neutrality Is Dead -- Here's How to Get It Back

(127) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Three judges in D.C. just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn't have to be.

The big news: A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. This decision means that...

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Google Reserves the Right to Be Evil

(8) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 6:52 PM

Everyone's favorite Silicon Valley behemoth has some explaining to do.

As journalist-turned-entrepreneur Ryan Singel details over at Wired, Google appears to be turning its back on the open Internet.

At issue is the tech giant's Google Fiber high-speed Internet. Language in the terms of service for this...

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Who Owns the Media? Obama's Next FCC Chairman

(6) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 12:00 PM

When President Obama nominated Tom Wheeler as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, he praised him as the "Bo Jackson of telecom" -- because he has been an all-star in two industries.

During the early 1980s, Wheeler headed the National Cable and Telecommunications Association -- the...

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Why the New Boss at the FCC Should Be Nothing Like the Old Boss

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 1:49 PM

In announcing his departure as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski said: "The last four years have demonstrated that the country needs an effective FCC."

Boy, have they ever.

The FCC's decisions are at the heart of our ability to communicate. The agency oversees sectors...

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Spin the Revolving Door: Tribune Hires FCC Chairman's Right-Hand Man

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 3:15 PM

A lot of things don't work at the Federal Communications Commission. Consumer complaints disappear for years into seemingly bottomless file drawers. The wonky proceedings are hard to decipher if you're not a telecom lawyer. Even the website is clunky.

But at least one thing at the FCC always runs at...

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Hey, CJR; Let's Do the Time Warp Again!

(3) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Over at the Columbia Journalism Review, Steven Waldman laments that the media ownership debate is "stuck in a bit of a 1980s time warp."

Well, gag me with a spoon.

Waldman, a respected former Federal Communications Commission official who authored the agency's exhaustive "future of media"...

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What's So Funny About the FCC's Failures?

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 11:07 PM

On Thursday night at the Washington Hilton, communications lawyers, media industry lobbyists, tech policy wonks and a few beat reporters will gather for the Federal Communications Commission Chairman's Dinner -- an annual night of backslapping and inside jokes where the head of the FCC gives a "

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Why Is the Obama FCC Plotting a Massive Giveaway to Rupert Murdoch?

(31) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 3:34 PM

What if I told you the Obama administration's first major post-election policy move was a big, fat gift for Rupert Murdoch?

You might ask: the same Rupert Murdoch who owns Fox News?

The same Rupert Murdoch who scandalized England with phone-hacking, influence peddling and bribery?

The same Rupert...

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AT&T: Pay Me, Screw Net Neutrality

(38) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 10:54 AM

From electricity to earmuffs, once you buy a product or service from a company, it shouldn't be any of its business how you choose to use it.

The power company doesn't say you can't use the energy-saving features on your new refrigerator unless you buy more electricity; and your...

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When Whinosaurs Attack!

(6) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 12:57 PM

From the same people who brought you Fear Factor, Temptation Island and When Animals Attack! comes one of the most-shocking-but-true stories of hubris, greed and endless griping imaginable.

This is a tale of the vastly powerful but sniveling giants who control your TV, dictate much of our political discourse and...

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Seacrest In? What Happened to Comcast's Commitment to the News?

(42) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 11:11 AM

Yesterday I was as close to Ryan Seacrest as I'll probably ever get. I was quoted in a story in the New York Times about rumors Seacrest might succeed Matt Lauer as host of Today on NBC. The celebrity beat is not my normal bailiwick, but the Seacrest...

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Is the Obama FCC Really Pushing Bush's Failed Media Policies?

(9) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 9:46 PM

As a senator, Barack Obama fought to prevent greater media consolidation.

In 2007, he opposed a vote by the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission to lift the ban on allowing one company to own a daily newspaper and a broadcast station in the same market.


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Senate Vote Saves Net Neutrality... For Now

(19) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 4:52 PM

Today the Senate voted down a dangerous resolution that would have shuttered the open Internet.

Good riddance. This outrageous measure would have stripped us of our right to communicate freely online and handed control of the Internet to companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

But the

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Is the FCC Reaching Into Your Pocket to Pad Industry Profits?

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 9:08 AM

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is preparing to make a big announcement on Thursday. It's sure to be filled with platitudes about the benefits of broadband and boosting the economy. But the devil, as always, will be in the details.

And that's how we'll know whether the FCC...

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For AT&T Merger, Facts Trump Politics

(65) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 2:23 PM

Today the Justice Department filed suit to block AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

In announcing the suit, Sharis Pozen, the DoJ's top antitrust enforcer, said, "Any way you look at it, this deal is anti-competitive." We at Free Press couldn't agree more. And for once, policymakers put the law...

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Rupert Murdoch's Greatest Moments in Ethics and Integrity

(30) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 3:05 PM

Are we still talking about this whole phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.? That's such old news.

Tapping into the voicemails of major political figures and murder victims? Everybody did it. Top executives at one of the...

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