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.

  • Free Press Letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

    On Feb. 7, Free Press sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding classification of broadband.

    February 10, 2014
  • Letter from Sen. Jay Rockefeller to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Media Ownership

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler supporting media ownership limits and acknowledging concerns about broadcasters’ use of shell companies and other shady tactics to skirt those rules.

    November 26, 2013
  • Cease to Resist: How the FCC's Failure to Enforce Its Rules Created a New Wave of Media Consolidation

    The U.S. broadcast television industry is in the midst of a wave of consolidation that one longtime industry insider described as “the biggest wave ... in the history of television.” Corporations are exploiting loopholes in the Federal Communications Commission's ownership rules to snap up TV stations across the country. And if the FCC doesn't act, the damage will be irreversible. To learn more, read the Free Press report Cease to Resist: How the FCC's Failure to Enforce Its Rules Created a New Wave of Media Consolidation.
    October 17, 2013
  • Petition to Deny Sinclair Acquisition of Albritton

    Free Press and Put People First! PA filed a petition to deny the broadcast license transfers of nine Albritton television stations to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

    September 16, 2013
  • Senate Letter in Support of Lifeline

    As part of Lifeline Awareness Week, the Free Press Action Fund and more than 80 groups representing a diverse coalition of public interest, civil rights, religious and community-based organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate and House Commerce Committees urging them to support and protect the Lifeline Program.

    September 12, 2013
  • House Letter in Support of Lifeline

    As part of Lifeline Awareness Week, the Free Press Action Fund and more than 80 groups representing a diverse coalition of public interest, civil rights, religious and community-based organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate and House Commerce Committees urging them to support and protect the Lifeline Program.

    September 12, 2013
  • Public Interest Groups Urge FCC to Continue Improving Political Ad Transparency

    The Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition ("PIPAC"), whose members include the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Free Press, the Benton Foundation, the New America Foundation and the Office of Communication, Inc. of the United Church of Christ, along with the Sunlight Foundation, filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission about the agency’s rules requiring broadcasters to post their political files online.

    August 26, 2013
  • Public Interest Incentive Auction Letter

    Free Press, National Hispanic Media Coalition, the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation, Public Knowledge and Writers Guild of America West sent a letter to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to urge the Committee to ensure that all providers have a meaningful chance to participate in the upcoming spectrum auctions.

    July 23, 2013
  • Free Press Comments on MMTC Study

    Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission about a Minority Media Telecommunications Council study purporting to examine the impact of cross-ownership on women- and minority-owned broadcast stations. Free Press found the study’s methodology to be severely flawed and raised questions about the study’s conclusions.

    July 22, 2013
  • Coalition Letter to Sen. Claire McCaskill on Lifeline

    A diverse coalition of more than 35 public interest, civil rights and community-based organizations sent a letter to Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill highlighting the importance of the Lifeline program. The signers include AARP, the Center for Media Justice, Consumers Union, the Free Press Action Fund, SEIU Missouri State Council, the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.

    June 27, 2013

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