Policy and Research

Free Press fights to ensure that people have a seat at the table for important policy debates and decisions in Washington, D.C., and beyond. This page features our congressional testimony, filings with the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies, letters to key lawmakers, information on media and technology legislation and all of our latest research.

  • Trip Wires: How AT&T's Proposal to Dismantle Telecommunications Networks Harms Underserved Communities

    AT&T wants the Federal Communications Commission to dissolve federal and state rules requiring universal, reliable, affordable and open networks. This will jeopardize existing communications infrastructure that carries our conversations, family connections, ideas and commerce. AT&T promises this sweeping deregulation will bring substantial consumer benefits, but there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

    February 13, 2013
  • Free Press Comments on Petition to Launch a Proceeding on IP Transition

    Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission concerning AT&T's request for the FCC to facilitate the transition to all-IP networks. If granted under the FCC's current broadband classification framework, AT&T’s request would result in the complete removal of all regulatory oversight of our nation's critical telecommunications infrastructure.

    January 29, 2013
  • Free Press Ownership Data Comments

    On Dec. 26, Free Press submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in response to the agency's recent report on the ownership of commercial broadcast stations.

    December 26, 2012
  • Joint Letter on FCC Media Ownership Rules

    Members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee urged the Federal Communications Commission to steer clear of proposals that would allow for more media consolidation until the agency has studied the impact such rules would have on localism and diversity. The letter pointed out that the Internet is not a replacement for local news coverage and reminded the Commission it has a congressional mandate to protect and promote localism.

    December 14, 2012
  • Dec. 10, 2012 Congressional Letter to the FCC on Media Ownership

    On Dec. 10, Rep. John Lewis, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rep. Charles Gonzalez and Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Reps. Keith Ellison and  Raul Grijalva sent a letter signed by 44 House members to the Federal Communications Commission. The letter addresses concerns about how the FCC’s proposal to relax its media ownership rules will impact diversity.

    December 10, 2012
  • Senate Letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski on Media Ownership

    On Nov. 30, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Tom Harkin, Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, Ron Wyden, Jon Tester, Al Franken and Jeff Merkley sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski about his proposal to weaken longstanding media ownership rules.

    November 30, 2012
  • Sen. Cantwell Letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski on Media Ownership

    On Nov. 29, Sen. Maria Cantwell sent a blistering letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski about his proposal to weaken longstanding media ownership rules.

    November 29, 2012
  • Missing Out: Political Ads, Spanish-Language TV and the Latino Vote

    The Free Press report Missing Out: Political Ads, Spanish-Language TV and the Latino Vote examines political ad spending in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida and New Mexico.

    November 2, 2012
  • Money, News and Deception in Denver

    Our new report tracks political ad spending in Denver. Since Aug. 1, campaigns, Super PACs and other groups have bought time to air more than 26,000 ads on the city’s four major-network affiliate stations. Many of the ads — if not most of them — contain misleading information. But that hasn’t stopped these stations from continuing to do business with the groups that have purchased ad time — even groups that local newscasters called out for spreading dishonest information. In this report, Free Press focuses on ads from the five Super PACs and outside groups spending the most in Denver. Read the full report here.
    October 1, 2012
  • Left in the Dark: Local Election Coverage in the Age of Big-Money Politics

    With more than $3.3 billion in political ad spending projected by Election Day, Free Press has turned its attention to the local television stations airing these ads. Left in the Dark explores whether stations barraging viewers with political ads are balancing this out with coverage of the role money is playing in this year’s elections. Read the full report here.

    September 24, 2012

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