Press Releases

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Recent press releases are below. You may download our media kit here.

  • Free Press Welcomes Proposed Lifeline Reforms, Calls for Broader Effort to Close the Digital Divide

    May 28, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a proposal to reform the $1.7 billion Lifeline program to ensure that Americans in low-income communities can afford access to high-speed Internet services.
  • Planned Charter Mega-Merger Does Nothing to Benefit Customers or Boost Competition

    May 26, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Charter Communications on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $56.7 billion. Charter also confirmed that it would acquire Bright House Networks, a smaller cable company, for $10.4 billion.
  • Free Press Joins Defense of Net Neutrality Alongside Other Open Internet Advocates, Tech and Telecom Companies

    May 22, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Free Press on Friday joined nearly two dozen advocacy groups and tech industry leaders to intervene in defense of the Federal Communications Commission's Net Neutrality order. The groups filed in opposition to the entrenched cable, telephone and wireless lobbying associations' motion for a stay of the FCC’s landmark Feb. 26 decision.
  • Protesters Gather in Dozens of Cities to Call for the End of Patriot Act Surveillance

    May 22, 2015
    WASHINGTON — As the sun set on Thursday, activists and Internet users of varying political stripes gathered outside Senate offices across the country and in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to oppose any reauthorization of the Patriot Act and instead let key provisions that enable NSA spying to sunset on June 1st.
  • Open Internet Groups Launch the ‘Internet Health Test’

    May 19, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, launched the "Internet Health Test" to collect data on Internet speeds across the Web. The test is an interactive tool that lets users run speed measurements across multiple interconnection points and collect data on whether and where Internet service providers are degrading online speeds and violating Net Neutrality.
  • Free Press Intervenes to Defend Net Neutrality Rules in Court

    May 13, 2015
    WASHINGTON -- Free Press on Wednesday filed to intervene in the industry-backed court case challenging the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. The motion to intervene filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit states Free Press' intention to defend the FCC’s landmark Feb. 26 vote to reclassify broadband as a Title II service under the Communications Act.
  • Verizon-AOL Merger Makes No Sense

    May 12, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications plans to buy AOL for $4.4 billion, according to a report in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal. The deal is the telecom giant's latest bid to expand its business to include mobile video and advertising services. If finalized, Verizon would also take control of AOL's online news sites, including Engadget, The Huffington Post and TechCrunch.
  • FCC Rejects Latest Industry Attack on Net Neutrality Protections

    May 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission summarily denied a series of frivolous requests from the cable, telephone and wireless lobbies to delay the implementation of the agency’s Open Internet Order.

  • Congress Must Abandon Bulk Collection of Phone-Call Data

    May 7, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Section 215 of the Patriot Act does not authorize some of the sweeping surveillance programs the NSA and other intelligence agencies use.
  • Free Press Mourns Charles Benton

    April 30, 2015
    Charles Benton, the chairman of the Benton Foundation and a longtime champion of community media, public broadcasting and universal broadband access, died Wednesday.


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