The FCC and Media Policy

The Federal Communications Commission is charged with overseeing and regulating our nation’s communications infrastructure. Though the FCC is supposed to serve the public interest, too often it favors corporate wish lists, particularly when it comes to reviewing mergers and writing Internet policy. Free Press amplifies the public’s voice through outreaches, blog posts, events, and official filings and pushes the FCC to listen to the people it’s supposed to represent.

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Press Releases

  • Free Press: Legally Dubious Hybrid Proposals Won't Protect Internet Users

    October 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night that the Federal Communications Commission is redrafting its proposed open Internet rules. The new plan, based on filings from Mozilla and the Center for Democracy and Technology, would reportedly "separate broadband into two distinct services: a retail one, in which consumers would pay broadband providers for Internet access; and a back-end one, in which broadband providers serve as the conduit for websites to distribute content."

  • Despite an FCC No-Show, New Yorkers Speak Out for the Open Internet

    October 28, 2014
    NEW YORK — The fight to save Net Neutrality and stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger came to Brooklyn on Monday night as an enthusiastic crowd of New Yorkers testified before five empty chairs, each representing one of the five FCC commissioners who either declined or failed to respond to the event organizers’ invitations to attend the public hearing in person.
  • TODAY: New York Leaders Join Public Hearing on Net Neutrality and the Comcast Merger

    October 27, 2014
    NEW YORK — The fight to save Net Neutrality and stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is coming to Brooklyn on Mon., Oct. 27. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Mayoral Counsel Maya Wiley and former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps will join others in a public discussion about our rights to connect and communicate. The hearing will occur against the backdrop of two pending FCC decisions that could harm the open Internet.
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News from Around the Web

  • Verizon’s New Tech-News Website Censors Out Net Neutrality, Electronic Spying, Credibility

    Stop the Cap!
    October 30, 2014

    Verizon Wireless’ launch of Sugarstring, a high-budget tech-news website targeting millennial twentysomethings with tech and lifestyle news they can use seemed innocent enough until its editor revealed in a private email Verizon considers reporting on electronic spying and Net Neutrality issues “verboten.”

  • Net Neutrality Hearing 'New York Speaks' Draws Activists, Policy Wonks
    October 28, 2014

    Kickstarter and Etsy showed up at a hearing on Net Neutrality at the Brooklyn Public Library’s main branch on Monday night. The hearing was the second part of an event designed to document community support for a free and open Internet. It’s the beginning of a nationwide campaign of similar gatherings, according to Craig Aaron of Free Press.

  • Net Neutrality Debate Comes to Bush Library in Panel Discussion

    The Eagle
    October 22, 2014

    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai brought the Net Neutrality debate out of Washington, D.C., and into Texas with a special panel discussion on the hot-button issue Tuesday morning at the Bush Library’s Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Members of Free Press held a demonstration beforehand.

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