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.

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  • Republicans Attack the FCC Over Net Neutrality, Other Core Programs

    Motherboard
    July 13, 2016

    “Republicans in Congress need to stop listening to phone and cable company lobbyists and abandon their assault on the open internet,” Matt Wood, policy director at the Free Press Action Fund.

  • Net Neutrality Advocates to FCC: Put the Kibosh on Internet Freebies

    CNET
    June 29, 2016

    Representatives from Fight for the Future, the Center for Media Justice and Free Press hand-delivered a six-foot-tall package containing 100,000 letters of complaint to the Federal Communications Commission. They ask the agency to take action against AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile and Verizon for violating the agency's Open Internet Order by offering so-called zero-rating service plans.

  • GOP Fails to Sabotage FCC Lifeline Broadband Aid for the Poor. For Now.

    Motherboard
    June 22, 2016

    Republican efforts to cripple a major federal program that helps poor people afford mobile phone and broadband service failed on Tuesday after consumer advocates, public interest groups and Democratic lawmakers mounted an all-out push on Capitol Hill to oppose the GOP proposals.

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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

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good