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

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Press Releases

  • Free Press to the FCC: Title II Is the Only Way to Ensure Real Net Neutrality Protections

    September 16, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Monday, Free Press told the Federal Communications Commission that Title II reclassification is a light-touch regulatory approach that will promote investment and restore legal clarity to efforts to protect Net Neutrality.
  • The Internet Slowdown by the Numbers

    September 11, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, tech companies, websites, public interest organizations and Internet users joined forces to demonstrate overwhelming support for stronger Net Neutrality protections.
  • Internet Slowdown Launches Across the Web

    September 10, 2014
    WASHINGTON – Today, tech companies, Main Street businesses and public interest organizations alike are demonstrating their support for stronger Net Neutrality protections by adding a spinning icon representing a slow-loading Internet to their websites.
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News from Around the Web

  • Mayor's Comcast Support Puts Donors Over Customers

    The Chicago Reporter
    September 22, 2014

    It’s not surprising that Mayor Rahm Emanuel would endorse the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner merger after getting more than $100,000 in political donations from Comcast and its executives over his career — though it does “exemplify everything that’s wrong with the way media policy is made,” as Craig Aaron, president of the Free Press, told me.

  • 3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

    September 17, 2014

    The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule-makers should treat Internet traffic is closed, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed the first 800,000 and found that fewer than 1 percent were opposed to Net Neutrality enforcement.

  • Internet ‘Slowdown’ Helps Drive New FCC Record for Comments

    September 10, 2014

    As Netflix, Kickstarter, Tumblr and a host of other websites on Wednesday urged users to chime in on the need for robust Net Neutrality rules, the FCC said that total public comments on the issue had reached a record 1,477,301.

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good