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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  • Internet Tax Freedom Act Prevents New Taxes Under Title II, Free Press Says

    Bloomberg
    December 17, 2014

    The Internet Tax Freedom Act precludes new taxes on Internet access, regardless of whether the FCC decides to reclassify broadband Internet services as common carriers, public advocacy group Free Press said in a letter to the agency.

    The Dec. 14 letter responds to a Public Policy Institute study issued Dec. 1 that reclassification under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 would result in $17 billion additional taxes and fees for consumers, primarily at the state and local levels.

  • Decoding the Net Neutrality Debate

    Knight Foundation
    December 11, 2014

    The debate over regulation of the Internet may be one of the most important of our day.

  • The Broadband Industry Pretends to Be Worried About Your Soaring Bill in Attempt to Undermine Net Neutrality

    Techdirt
    December 9, 2014

    On the heels of Obama's surprise support of Title II-based Net Neutrality rules last month, we noted that the broadband industry's anti-Title II talking points (primarily that it will kill network investment and sector innovation) not only were just plain wrong, they were getting more than a little stale. That's a problem for the industry given the increasingly bipartisan support of real Net Neutrality rules and the groundswell of SOPA-esque activism in support of Title II.

People + Policy

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people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good