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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Press Releases

  • Free Press Hails FCC's Landmark Broadband-Privacy Rules

    October 27, 2016
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt rules giving internet users more choice over whether and how broadband providers use private information. The rules passed on a 3–2 vote, with Chairman Tom Wheeler, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel voting for these strong but sensible privacy safeguards.
  • A Multibillion-Dollar Merger of AT&T and Time Warner Would Cost Customers Dearly

    October 22, 2016
    WASHINGTON — According to media reports, AT&T Inc. is negotiating to buy Time Warner Inc. in a merger that could be worth more than $85 billion. The deal would bring together one of the nation’s largest phone and internet providers with an entertainment media colossus that includes CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT and Warner Brothers studios, among other properties.
  • Free Press Praises FCC's Final Broadband-Privacy Proposal

    October 6, 2016
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission released key details on the broadband-privacy rules likely to come up for a vote at the agency’s Oct. 27 meeting. The proposal builds on the FCC’s 2015 decision to reclassify broadband access as a telecom service under Title II of the Communications Act.
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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