We owe everything we love about the Web to Net Neutrality.
Without Net Neutrality, the Web would look a lot like cable, with the most popular content available only on certain tiers or with certain providers.
Media companies are using shady tactics to dodge the FCC’s ownership rules and snap up local TV stations across the U.S. Tell the FCC to close the loopholes in its ownership rules and stop runaway media consolidation.
It’s been five years since the FCC left Washington, D.C., in an official capacity to hear how its policies affect real people. It’s time for the agency to schedule meetings in communities around the country to give people a real voice in the policymaking process.
The TV and newspaper giant Gannett wants to buy 20 TV stations from Belo, which would make it one of the nation’s largest TV conglomerates. And guess what: This deal violates federal media ownership rules.
Join the fight today. Tell the FCC to say no to Gannett-Belo.
WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, as part of Lifeline Awareness Week, the Free Press Action Fund and more than 80 groups representing a diverse coalition of public interest, civil rights, religious and community-based organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate and House Commerce Committees urging them to support and protect the Lifeline Program.
WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reduce calling rates for prisoners and their families. The vote comes more than a decade after Martha Wright, joined by inmates and their families, petitioned the FCC to regulate the price of calls that today can cost more than $15 for a 15-minute call. Wright struggled to afford the cost of calls to her grandson while he was incarcerated.
As Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Michael O’Rielly arrive at the Federal Communications Commission, they face historic challenges and opportunities to shape the ways we connect and communicate for decades to come.
Here’s how the FCC should ensure that our public network and public airwaves provide better choices and more voices — by maintaining universal communications service, increasing media diversity, supporting local news and emphasizing political transparency.
The rise of professional journalism in the 20th century helped create a certain image of reporters. This image, which the industry itself reinforced, asserted that only “professional” journalists engaged in journalism. But that wasn’t always that case, and the rise of digital technology and the democratizing power of the Internet have fundamentally challenged that image.
As the new FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler has kicked up some dust in the tech community by laying the groundwork for a grand vision for the next generation of networks, but then later walking back one of the key principles of Net Neutrality. The stakes here are your rights to an Open Internet – and the ability of the FCC to ensure those rights, through Net Neutrality rules and beyond.
One hundred years ago Thursday, one man sent a letter that would transform the telephone industry. The letter gave rise to the country's last and most powerful monopoly. And like the Internet of this century, it gave millions of ordinary people the chance to stay in touch more easily than they ever had before.