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.

  • Letter Notifying AT&T of Intent to File Formal Net Neutrality Complaint

    Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute notified AT&T of their intent to file a formal complaint against the company. In the complaint, the three organizations will assert that AT&T is violating Net Neutrality by blocking the popular video-conferencing application FaceTime. The groups will file the complaint with the Federal Communications Commission in the coming weeks.

    September 18, 2012
  • FCC Brief in Verizon vs. Federal Communications Commission and the United States of America

    The Federal Communications Commission filed this brief on Sept. 10, 2012, in response to Verizon's claim that the FCC lacks the authority to craft and enforce Net Neutrality rules.

    September 13, 2012
  • Free Press Letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates

    Letter from Free Press to the Commission on Presidential Debates regarding the Commission's failure to choose a journalist of color to moderate one of the upcoming presidential debates.

    August 29, 2012
  • Free Press, Consumers Union and New America Foundation Reply Comments on Interoperability

    Consumers Union, Free Press, New America Foundation and Public Knowledge (“Public Interest Commenters”) respectfully submit these Reply Comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s 700 MHz Band Interoperability Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released on March 21, 2012.

    July 23, 2012
  • Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition Opposition to Stay of FCC Disclosure Rules

    Intervenors Free Press, Benton Foundation, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, New America Foundation, and Office of Communication, Inc. of the United Church of Christ (collectively Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition or “PIPAC”), by its attorneys, pursuant to F.R.A.P 18 and 27, and D.C. Circuit Rules 18 and 27, respectfully opposes the Emergency Motion for a Stay Pending Judicial Review (“Mot.”) filed by Petitioner National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”) on July 10, 2012. NAB seeks a stay of the effective date of the FCC’s Second Report and Order in MM Docket No.

    July 20, 2012
  • Free Press Petition to Deny Verizon/T-Mobile Spectrum Swap/Sale

    Over the past decade, the U.S. wireless market has become increasingly concentrated, with the former Bell companies (AT&T and Verizon) using their legacy wireline monopoly advantages to establish and increase their market power in the wireless market. What once was a market with six national and numerous regional wireless providers has now devolved into a market with two dominant national carriers, two struggling national carriers and an ever-dwindling number of struggling regional carriers.

    July 11, 2012
  • Free Press Comments on Verizon's Proposed Acquisition of Cable Spectrum

    The Federal Communications Commission has asked for comments on the impact of the recently proposed AWS spectrum sale/swap between Verizon and T-Mobile on its review of Verizon’s proposal to acquire AWS licenses from SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap Wireless. Free Press offers these brief comments in response. In short, this latest deal does not change the fact that if the applications in this proceeding are granted, Verizon will control far more spectrum than it will need for the foreseeable future in markets serving the overwhelming majority of the U.S. population.

     

    July 11, 2012
  • Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition Opposition to Stay of Disclosure Rules

    The Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition (“PIPAC”) strongly opposes the National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”) petition for stay pending judicial review of the Federal Communications Commission rule requiring that broadcast television stations post the contents of their public inspection files on a website to be maintained by the Commission. NAB has failed to meet any of the criteria necessary for a stay.

    July 10, 2012
  • Greater Than the Sum: Creating Collaborative and Connected Public Media in America

    This paper offers a framework and policy recommendations for expanding both the funding and the definition of public media in the United States. We propose rethinking public media as an inclusive and holistic noncommercial media sector that builds new connections and commands new forms of support across all forms of public service media. By embracing digital media — and the changes that come with a shift from one-way broadcast communication to many-to-many digital communication — we can create a more diverse media system that brings in new participants and stakeholders.

    June 28, 2012
  • Kneecapping the Future: Comcast's Unjustified Internet Caps and the Plan to Kill Video Competition

    Comcast recently announced major modifications to its so-called “excessive use” policies for Internet users. The company scrapped its 250 gigabyte (GB) per month usage cap, and said it will trial new 300 GB monthly allotments in two markets. The trials come with steep overage fees of $10 as soon you exceed this arbitrary cap. These changes follow the uproar over Comcast’s decision to exempt from the cap its own “Xfinity” streaming video on the Xbox while subjecting competitors’ streaming video services like YouTube and Netflix to the cap.

    June 25, 2012

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