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

  • Americans Bombard the FCC with Demands for Real Net Neutrality

    July 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Grassroots organizations on Tuesday applauded the American public for its passionate support of real Net Neutrality protections. In an unprecedented outpouring of concern, millions of Americans have submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission rejecting Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan to allow priority Internet access for a few rich companies.
  • Senators Champion Net Neutrality and Call on FCC to Act

    July 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON — In a letter delivered to the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, 13 senators said the FCC must take action “to protect the openness of the Internet for future generations.”
  • Free Press: FBI and NSA Profiling Threatens Our Most Fundamental Rights

    July 9, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- A report published today by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain in The Intercept exposes an NSA and FBI spying program that targeted prominent Muslim-Americans. Those targeted included a political candidate and former high-ranking Bush administration official, several civil rights activists, academics and lawyers.

In the News

  • 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.

  • The FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal

    The Tavis Smiley Show
    May 28, 2014

    For the next several months, the FCC will hear public comment on proposals for governing Internet traffic that have reignited the debate over net neutrality – the idea that all content should be treated equally by Internet service providers. Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for universal and affordable Internet access, explains why Net Neutrality is crucial.

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