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Joseph Torres is a senior adviser for the national media reform group Free Press. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, with New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez.

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Why Media Mega-Mergers Are Bad News for Latinos and Communities of Color

(4) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Comcast's decision to pull the plug on its $45 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable is a huge victory for the Latino community and communities of color.

The cable giant announced the move on Friday after the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice informed...

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Time for Net Neutrality Opponents to Reconsider Their Position

(14) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 6:08 PM

For years, major Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have told the FCC and Congress that adopting strong Net Neutrality rules would harm investment and prevent companies from building out their broadband networks.

This is the central argument ISPs have made to prevent the FCC from adopting real...

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Why Is the National Urban League Defending Online Discrimination?

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Who did National Urban League President Marc Morial call "extreme" for supporting real Net Neutrality?

Was it civil rights heroes John Lewis and John Conyers? Their congressional colleagues Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva and Nancy Pelosi? Or did he mean Sens. Cory Booker,...

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Reporters Expose AT&T's Astroturf Funding Practices

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2011 | 9:25 AM

Beltway insiders were hardly shocked when Bloomberg News reported that AT&T contributed nearly $1,000,000 to Republican members of Congress who signed a letter supporting its bid to acquire T-Mobile. After all, AT&T has a long history of throwing money around Washington, wining and dining...

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DOJ's Lawsuit Blocking AT&T-T-Mobile Merger Welcome News for People of Color

(15) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 11:51 AM

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit to block the $39 billion merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. This is great news for communities of color, who disproportionately rely on wireless service to make phone calls and access the Internet.

The DoJ concluded...

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Families of Color Will Pay the Price of an AT&T-T-Mobile Merger

(33) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 4:46 PM

While the U.S. is in the depths of an economic crisis with no end in sight and harder times looming ahead, the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission are reviewing a proposed $39 billion merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. Like many developments in this Great Recession, it has...

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FCC Blesses Comcast Merger and New Era of Media Monopoly

(9) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 11:23 AM

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission gave its blessing to the Comcast-NBC Universal deal, one of the largest media mergers in a generation, and we have one man to thank for it.

When Julius Genachowski took the helm of the FCC in 2009,...

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Google's Evil Plan

(4) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 2:31 PM

Don't Be Evil.

It was a great slogan for a transformative company that was telling the world that it could make lots of money while still being an honest broker.

But as it turns out, Google may not be different from any other large corporation that cares only about...

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Will President Obama Abandon the Open Internet?

(25) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 4:26 PM

Perhaps the greatest freedom in a democracy is freedom of speech. Throughout our nation's history, people have died fighting not only for our right to speak, but for our right to be heard.

The Internet is the greatest communications network ever created because it allows us to speak for ourselves...

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