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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Press Releases

  • Free Press Action Fund Welcomes the Community Broadband Act

    January 22, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced the Community Broadband Act to put an end to protectionist state laws that prohibit cities and towns from creating homegrown broadband facilities.
  • The Trouble with the Fake Net Neutrality Bills

    January 21, 2015
    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the House and Senate Commerce Committees will discuss companion bills introduced by Sen. John Thune and Rep. Fred Upton. Both bills fail to even mention nondiscrimination.
  • Sprint Supports Title II, Too

    January 16, 2015
    WASHINGTON — Telecommunications provider Sprint told the Federal Communications Commission that it would support the agency's effort to reclassify Internet access under Title II of the Communications Act.
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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

  • Cozy With Comcast: Fred Upton, Greg Walden, Architects Of GOP Net Neutrality Plan, Receive Big Cable Cash

    International Business Times
    January 23, 2015

    Republicans are in a race to craft open-Internet legislation before the Federal Communications Commission imposes its own rules, and some core principles of Net Neutrality may hang in the balance. In the meantime, there should be no shortage of cash to fuel the fight.

  • Here's How the New Republican Congress Plans to Undercut Net Neutrality

    The Verge
    January 21, 2015

    The widespread national popularity of Net Neutrality principles have pushed the new Republican Congress, however tentatively, to embrace some of its core concepts. With two congressional Net Neutrality hearings scheduled for today, Republican lawmakers have released draft legislation that would ban broadband providers from discriminating against certain kinds of Web traffic. But even as the draft bill appears to enforce fundamental tenets of Net Neutrality, it explicitly undermines the legal authority of the FCC.

  • The GOP's Plan to Legislate Net Neutrality Is Here. And Internet Activists Already Hate It.

    Washington Post
    January 16, 2015

    Congressional Republicans are circulating the draft of a long-awaited, much-rumored bill that would clarify federal regulators' ability to enact strict rules governing broadband providers.

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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