Craig Aaron

President and CEO

Craig took the leadership of Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund in April 2011. He joined Free Press in 2004 and speaks across the country on media, Internet and journalism issues. Craig is a frequent guest on talk radio and is quoted often in the national press. His commentaries also appear regularly in the Guardian and the Huffington Post. 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.

Blog Posts

Recent Press Statements

  • Former FCC Commissioner Requests Urgent Meeting with President on Net Neutrality

    August 13, 2014
    WASHINGTON — In a letter sent Wednesday to the White House seeking a meeting with the president, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps and Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron warn that rules pending before the Federal Communications Commission “undermine Net Neutrality and imperil the future of the open Internet.”
  • Consumers Win: Sprint Drops T-Mobile Takeover Bid

    August 5, 2014

    WASHINGTON — According to press reports, Sprint is dropping its bid to acquire competitor T-Mobile, scuttling a long-rumored $32 billon deal that would have consolidated the country’s third- and fourth-largest mobile providers.

    Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron made the following statement:

  • President's Net Neutrality Views Don't Square with FCC Proposal

    August 5, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, President Barack Obama voiced strong support for Net Neutrality and opposition to the type of pay-for-priority Internet rules now being proposed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

In the News

  • 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.

  • This Is How Comcast Is Astroturfing the Net Neutrality Issue

    Popular Mechanics
    July 18, 2014

    A Net Neutrality proposal—one that Comcast publicly supports and has been subject of protest and mainstream media criticism from those who believe the rules would slow innovation, limit speech and drive up the cost of access to the Internet—is open for public comment. And now, op-eds in favor of the unpopular proposal from Comcast-linked think tanks are appearing in major publications - from the Wall Street Journal to U.S News and World Report - without disclosing the institution's ties to Comcast.

  • Threat to Net Neutrality Could Choke Innovation

    Portland Business Herald
    June 27, 2014

    If Internet service providers are allowed to speed up, slow down or block various Web-based services to serve their own interests, it will have a chilling effect on innovation, investment and startup activity in Maine and elsewhere, said a panel of experts including U.S. Sen. Angus King.

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