Saving the Internet

The open Internet is central to people’s freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate.

But powerful interests want to censor free speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online.

All too often, people in power are making decisions behind closed doors about how the Internet should operate.

The result: policies that could close down the open Internet and threaten our freedom to connect and communicate.

It’s time for us to reclaim the Internet. We must declare our Internet freedom.

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  • 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, BattlefortheNet.com 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.
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News from Around the Web

  • How the Battle for the Future of the Web Is Shaped by Economics

    Washington Post
    May 19, 2015

    There are two stories people are trying to tell right now about the future of the Internet.

    One is that we need some basic rules to make sure the Web remains open and free so that companies that depend on the Internet can grow. The other is that strict rules will discourage Internet providers from making the investments that will enhance the network for everybody.

  • DISH, Cogent Specify Demands for Concessions in AT&T-DIRECTV Merger

    Reuters
    May 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON — DISH Network Corp, Cogent Communications Holdings Inc and advocacy groups are asking U.S. regulators to restrict AT&T Inc's power over online video and other content as part of its proposed purchase of DirecTV.
    The group of critics of the pending $48.5 billion acquisition met with a large team of officials at the Federal Communications Commission, including the top merger reviewers, on May 8 and laid out the most detailed yet demands for potential conditions to the deal, disclosed in a filing on Wednesday.

  • The AOL-Verizon Merger and Net Neutrality

    Center for Responsive Politics
    May 13, 2015

    In the run-up to the FCC decision on Net Neutrality earlier this year, Verizon flexed its lobbying muscle in opposition to rules that would regulate the Internet as a public utility. The company has few peers when it comes to lobbying in the capital, but a network of smaller companies and interests backed the regs publicly and behind the scenes — including AOL. This week, though, Verizon agreed to acquire AOL in a deal reportedly worth $4.4 billion.

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  • Broadband

    Access to high-speed Internet service — also known as broadband — is a basic public necessity, just like water or electricity.

    Yet despite its importance, broadband access in the United States is far from universal. Millions of Americans still stand on the wrong side of the "digital divide," unable to tap into the political, economic and social resources of the Internet.

  • Cable

    Two decades ago, something unusual happened.

    Consumers were irate about their cable bills, which were increasing at nearly three times the rate of inflation. And Congress actually did something — adopting in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion the 1992 Cable Act. The law resulted in lower cable bills, saving consumers $3 billion in just over a year’s time.

  • Cybersecurity

    Our right to private communications is a cornerstone of American democracy. But with heightened awareness in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, technological advances have continued allowing the government to expand its reach into our private lives via electronic surveillance and data-mining programs. New laws and policies introduced in the last decade have eroded our civil liberties online.

    Congress has a poor track record when it comes to cybersecurity legislation. The bills introduced so far give the government way too much power to intrude on our privacy online.

People + Policy

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people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good