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.

Blog Posts

  • Faithful Internet: A Big Week

    July 31, 2015
    For the last nine months, the media justice arm of the United Church of Christ has been collaborating with people of faith and faith leaders around the country on its Faithful Internet campaign.
  • Comcast Is Doing What??

    July 24, 2015
    After a year of embarrassing customer-service blunders, Comcast is trying to improve its image by offering free Internet-speed upgrades — but only to certain high-paying customers.
  • Why Approving the AT&T-DIRECTV Merger Is a HUGE Mistake

    July 23, 2015
    The FCC helped kill one bad merger earlier this year: Comcast’s bid to take over Time Warner Cable. But on Tuesday it moved toward granting a different deal that’s also pretty awful.
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Press Releases

  • 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.
  • Digital Rights and Social Justice Groups Urge the House to Call Off Its Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality

    June 16, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, more than 60 organizations sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Appropriations urging them to “remove from the Financial Services appropriations bill Sections 628-630 of that legislation, which threaten implementation of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order.”
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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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News from Around the Web

  • Net Neutrality Hasn't Stalled Investment

    Boston Globe
    August 3, 2015

    It's time for opponents of the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality rules to drop the tired argument that these protections will harm investment.

  • Internet Providers Call FCC's Net Rules Unlawful in Court Filing

    USA Today
    July 31, 2015

    The Federal Communications Commission's Net Neutrality rules amount to a "power grab," Internet service providers charged in a court filing submitted Thursday.

  • 'First We Pray, Then We Organize': The Unlikely Coalition for Net Neutrality

    Huffington Post
    July 29, 2015

    Today at noon EST, a diverse group of faith leaders and advocates posted the same video on the Twitter and Facebook feeds of more than 1 million people. Backers of the video came from a wide range of civil rights causes — racial justice, LGBTQ equality, economic justice, religious pluralism and more. What's the unlikely hashtag that unites them?

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good