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.

Blog Posts

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Press Releases

  • ADVISORY: Former Gubernatorial Candidate Zephyr Teachout, Activists to Hold 'Rally to Save the Internet' Outside City Hall in New York

    September 14, 2014

    NEW YORK — On Sept. 15, Internet freedom supporters will gather in City Hall Park to demand real protections for Net Neutrality and a rejection of Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.

    The rally, organized by Free Press and its allies, will urge the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that would prevent broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from discriminating against online content and services. The FCC’s deadline for public comments on its Internet proposal falls on the same day as the rally.  

  • ADVISORY: Activists to Hold Rally to Save the Internet Outside Comcast Headquarters in Philadelphia

    September 14, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA — On Sept. 15, Internet freedom supporters will gather outside Comcast headquarters to demand real protections for Net Neutrality and a rejection of Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.

    The rally, organized by Free Press, will urge the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that would prevent broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from discriminating against online content and services. The FCC’s deadline for public comments on its Internet proposal falls on the same day as the rally.  

  • The Internet Slowdown by the Numbers

    September 11, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, tech companies, websites, public interest organizations and Internet users joined forces to demonstrate overwhelming support for stronger Net Neutrality protections.
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Resources

  • #OaklandVoices: The Facts About Media Inequality in the Bay Area

    The Bay Area is the nation’s sixth-largest television market and fourth-largest radio market. But just a tiny handful of media companies own almost all of the media outlets in this region. Click the link below to learn more.

    January 8, 2014
  • Verizon vs. FCC: Oral Arguments

    On Sept. 9, the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments in Verizon's lawsuit seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. If Verizon prevails in this case, the FCC's rules protecting Internet users from corporate abuse will disappear. Click here to hear the full arguments.

    September 19, 2013
  • Letter to President Obama Regarding the Next FCC Chair

    On March 27, 2013, the Free Press Action Fund and a coalition of 27 other organizations sent a letter to President Obama urging him to nominate an FCC chair who will "protect the future of communications for all."

    March 29, 2013
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News from Around the Web

  • Internet ‘Slowdown’ Helps Drive New FCC Record for Comments

    Variety
    September 10, 2014

    As Netflix, Kickstarter, Tumblr and a host of other websites on Wednesday urged users to chime in on the need for robust Net Neutrality rules, the FCC said that total public comments on the issue had reached a record 1,477,301.

  • Why Netflix Is 'Slowing Down' Its Website Today

    The Atlantic
    September 10, 2014

    Today is Internet Slowdown Day. You might have seen that phrase around, or noticed the little spinny wheel avatars in your Twitter feed, or the popups on your favorite sites. If you ignored them all, this is for you.

  • Net Neutrality Campaign Claims Victory in ‘Battle for the Net’

    TIME
    September 10, 2014

    A coalition of tech companies and open Internet activists claimed victory Wednesday evening after a day-long campaign, Battle for the Net, succeeded in swamping the federal government with millions of public comments demanding that the FCC scrap its proposed rules governing Net Neutrality and write new ones.

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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