Your Rights to Connect and Communicate Are in Danger
Dissenting voices, communities of color and the truth itself are all under attack. Decision-makers are undermining the open internet and making it harder for journalists to do their jobs. The stakes couldn’t be higher — and we need your help to keep fighting back.
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Fighting to Save Net Neutrality and Free Speech Online
People need Net Neutrality to advance their education, seek job opportunities, share their stories and fight for justice — but if Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has his way, the internet as we know it will be gone for good.
"Movements are built by the power of your voice, through social media and the internet."—Lucy McBath, Trayvon Martin’s mother and speaker at Atlanta Voices for Internet Freedom forum
What Lies Ahead
When an Internet Connection Is a Lifeline
Killing the Net Neutrality rules would undermine the Lifeline program, which subsidizes phone and broadband access for families struggling to make ends meet. Lifeline is already in jeopardy thanks to longtime efforts to gut the program — efforts that have found an ally in FCC Chairman Pai.
Jessica J. González, our deputy director and senior counsel, addressed these attempts to demonize the poor and people of color in her powerful Senate testimony in September.
“Parents shouldn’t have to choose between internet access and food for their families.”—Fifth-grade teacher Melissa Baranic, Los Angeles Voices for Internet Freedom forum
Revitalizing Local News
Strong local media helps you and your neighbors participate fully in your communities and hold local leaders accountable. But runaway media consolidation has gutted local newsrooms and deprived people of vital news and information.
Our News Voices project, which we launched in New Jersey in 2015 and expanded to North Carolina earlier this year, connects residents and reporters to address the local-news crisis.
Stopping a Pro-Trump Propaganda Machine
The Sinclair Broadcast Group wants to buy Tribune Media — which would let a company that regularly broadcasts racist and Islamophobic rhetoric reach a whopping 72 percent of homes in the United States. To make matters worse, Chairman Pai is rewriting the FCC’s ownership rules to ram this deal through.
Free Press is leading the charge to stop this merger. We’ve entered a formal challenge at the FCC, filed a lawsuit over the agency’s illegal rule changes, and teamed up with allies to submit more than 100,000 petitions against the deal. We’ll challenge any efforts to further dismantle media-ownership limits at the FCC and in court.