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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  • Mediacom Defends Data Caps, Blasts Netflix

    MediaPost
    September 21, 2016

    Netflix recently asked the FCC to declare broadband caps and pay-per-byte billing unreasonable.

    The internet service provider Mediacom is now responding by presenting a sweeping defense of pay-per-byte billing — and taking a dig at Netflix in the process.

  • FCC Chief Plans to Finalize Broadband Privacy Rules This Year

    MediaPost
    September 16, 2016

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told lawmakers that he anticipates finalizing broadband privacy rules later this year.

    Wheeler also hinted that the final regulations could differ from an earlier proposal he put forward.

  • New Verizon, AT&T Streaming Options Threaten Net Neutrality

    CIO.com
    September 14, 2016

    First T-Mobile, then AT&T and now Verizon. The rush by major wireless carriers to exempt content produced by their favored partners from data caps is an increasingly slippery slope.

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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