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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  • Internet Access Is a Human Right

    The Guardian
    August 10, 2016

    The United Nations recently resolved that access to the internet is a basic human right. While this decision may seem straightforward, given the complex nature of human rights law, the resolution is far from simple.

  • Big Telecom Wants a D.C. Circuit Net Neutrality Review. Here’s Why That’s Unlikely

    Motherboard
    July 29, 2016

    The nation’s largest cable and telecom industry trade groups on Friday asked a federal court for a rare en banc review of last month’s decision upholding U.S. rules protecting Net Neutrality, the principle that all content on the internet should be equally accessible to consumers.

  • 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.

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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