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 Praises the FCC for Recognizing the Vital Importance of Unlicensed Spectrum

    August 6, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission voted on several items pertaining to next year’s Mobile Broadband Incentive Auction. Pursuant to the auction, the FCC will allow broadcasters to sell valuable spectrum, which will then be repurposed for mobile use. Today’s rules will also make more spectrum available for unlicensed uses, like Wi-Fi, in the post-auction TV band.
  • Free Press Blasts Industry Court Filings Against Net Neutrality

    July 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Phone and cable companies and their lobbying groups filed an initial series of legal briefs on Thursday as part of their legal challenge against the Federal Communications Commission's Feb. 26 Net Neutrality order. After the FCC properly decided to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecom service under Title II of the Communications Act, various industry groups filed 10 different lawsuits to prevent the agency from enforcing the open Internet protections.

  • AT&T-DIRECTV Merger Still Doesn't Serve the Public Interest

    July 21, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC is poised to grant AT&T's proposed acquisition of DIRECTV. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler subsequently issued a statement confirming that he would circulate for a full Commission vote an order proposing approval of the deal.
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  • Appropriations Measures That Undermine Net Neutrality

    This resource illustrates why the anti-Net Neutrality provisions in the House Appropriations Committee's funding bill are so dangerous.

    June 26, 2015
  • Coalition Letter to House Appropriations Committee

    More than 60 public interest groups, tech companies, startups, innovators and investors urged the House Committee on Appropriations to remove anti-Net Neutrality provisions from a funding bill.

    June 16, 2015
  • Intervenors' Opposition to Motion for Stay of the Net Neutrality Order

    Free Press joined nearly two dozen advocacy groups and tech industry leaders to intervene in defense of the Federal Communications Commission's Net Neutrality order. The groups filed in opposition to the entrenched cable, telephone and wireless lobbying associations' motion for a stay of the FCC's landmark Feb. 26 decision.

    May 22, 2015
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