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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  • Historic Win for Internet Users

    February 26, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote to reclassify high-speed Intent access service under Title II of the Communications Act. These rules will prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or throttling Internet content and ban paid-prioritization schemes that could create Internet slow lanes.
  • FCC Takes a Stand on Behalf of Municipal Broadband

    February 26, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission ruled to preempt two state laws that prevent municipalities from creating high-speed Internet networks to connect their residents. The ruling was in response to petitions brought before the agency by municipalities in North Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Congressional Hearing a Last-Ditch Effort to Derail Net Neutrality

    February 25, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee will convene a hearing to discuss the FCC’s Feb. 26 Net Neutrality vote. The majority of the witnesses are phone and cable industry-funded spokespeople and pundits, called to appear at another hearing designed to spread fear about Net Neutrality and stop the FCC from protecting the rights of Internet users.
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News from Around the Web

  • Activists Fly Giant Grumpy Cat Banner Over Comcast Headquarters

    Daily Dot
    February 27, 2015

    How do you act when your scrappy group of Internet activists bests Comcast?

    You fly a giant Grumpy Cat to their headquarters to mock them, of course.

  • A Historic Decision: Tim Wu Praises FCC Vote to Preserve Open Internet

    Democracy Now!
    February 27, 2015

    Advocates of a free and open Internet are celebrating a vote Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to approve strong Net Neutrality rules. The move bans "paid prioritization" by Internet service providers who seek to charge extra fees from content producers, as well as blocking and throttling of lawful content. The new rules will also apply to mobile access.

  • FCC Vote Could Be Game Changer for Internet Privacy

    Los Angeles Times
    February 27, 2015

    Nearly all discussion of the federal rules for high-speed Internet service approved Thursday has focused on Net Neutrality — the idea that all online content be treated the same.

    Largely overlooked has been another part of the regulatory change: privacy.

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