Craig Aaron

President and CEO

Craig has led Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund since 2011. He joined Free Press in 2004 and speaks across the country about media activism and the future of journalism and the Internet. Craig is quoted often in the national press on media and technology issues and is a frequent guest on TV and the radio. His commentaries appear regularly in The Huffington Post, and he has written for The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Hill, MSNBC, Politico, The Progressive, the Seattle Times, Slate and many others. Before joining Free Press, he was an investigative reporter for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch and the managing editor of In These Times magazine. He is the editor of two books, Appeal to Reason: 25 Years of In These Times and Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @notaaroncraig.

Blogs

Recent Press Statements

  • Free Press: Legally Dubious Hybrid Proposals Won't Protect Internet Users

    October 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night that the Federal Communications Commission is redrafting its proposed open Internet rules. The new plan, based on filings from Mozilla and the Center for Democracy and Technology, would reportedly "separate broadband into two distinct services: a retail one, in which consumers would pay broadband providers for Internet access; and a back-end one, in which broadband providers serve as the conduit for websites to distribute content."

  • Despite an FCC No-Show, New Yorkers Speak Out for the Open Internet

    October 28, 2014
    NEW YORK — The fight to save Net Neutrality and stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger came to Brooklyn on Monday night as an enthusiastic crowd of New Yorkers testified before five empty chairs, each representing one of the five FCC commissioners who either declined or failed to respond to the event organizers’ invitations to attend the public hearing in person.
  • Free Press: Despite Wheeler's Claims, FCC Proposal Doesn't Align with President's Position on Net Neutrality

    October 17, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Friday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler claimed he was "in agreement" with President Obama on the issue of Net Neutrality, even though his proposed rules would clear the way for tiered, pay-for-priority Internet access.

In the News

  • Protest Marks End of Comment Period on Net Neutrality

    Al Jazeera
    September 15, 2014

    Scores of protesters calling for strong Net Neutrality rules gathered in New York to voice opposition to plans to divide the Web into a two-tier system under which providers could charge online services for access to fast lanes.

  • Net Neutrality Advocates Organize Symbolic Slowdown to Protest FCC's Fast-Lane Proposal

    MediaPost
    September 5, 2014

    Advocacy groups hope to once again enlist content companies in a policy battle -- this time over Net Neutrality. On Sept. 10, a host of Web sites, social networks and others will ask visitors to support net neutrality principles. Free Press, which is publicizing the protests, says that participating sites will display icons that “symbolize” a slower Web, but that the sites will load at the same speeds as always.

  • Senate Leader Harry Reid Gives FCC Political Cover in Net Neutrality Battle

    Motherboard
    July 30, 2014

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has given the FCC a much-needed political boost as the agency decides whether to move toward a more robust Open Internet policy favored by many Net Neutrality advocates.

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