Policy and Research

Free Press works to ensure people have a seat at the table for important policy debates and decisions in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Below you will find our press releases, filings with the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies, letters to key lawmakers, reports, information on media and technology legislation and all of our latest research.

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  • Free Press Action Fund Written Testimony in STELA Hearing

    On April 1, 2014, Free Press Action Fund Policy Director Matt Wood testified before the Senate about the importance of preserving and expanding consumer safeguards in the video market.

    April 1, 2014
  • Free Press Action Fund Written Testimony in Ownership Hearing

    On March 12, 2014, Free Press Action Fund Policy Director Matt Wood testified about broadcasters' illegal use of outsourcing agreements in a hearing before the House of Representatives. These agreements enable companies to dodge the Federal Communications Commission's ownership rules.

    March 12, 2014
  • Free Press Action Fund Testimony on Competition in the Wireless Market

    On Feb. 26, 2014, Free Press Action Fund Policy Director Matt Wood testified before the Senate in a hearing on competition in the wireless market.

    February 26, 2014
  • Free Press Letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

    On Feb. 7, Free Press sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding classification of broadband.

    February 10, 2014
  • Letter from Sen. Jay Rockefeller to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Media Ownership

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler supporting media ownership limits and acknowledging concerns about broadcasters’ use of shell companies and other shady tactics to skirt those rules.

    November 26, 2013
  • Cease to Resist: How the FCC's Failure to Enforce Its Rules Created a New Wave of Media Consolidation

    The U.S. broadcast television industry is in the midst of a wave of consolidation, which one longtime industry insider described as “the biggest wave ... in the history of television.” Corporations are exploiting loopholes in the Federal Communications Commission's ownership rules to snap up TV stations across the country. And if the FCC doesn't act, the damage will be irreversible. To learn more, read the new Free Press report, Cease to Resist: How the FCC's Failure to Enforce Its Rules Created a New Wave of Media Consolidation.
    October 17, 2013
  • Petition to Deny Sinclair Acquisition of Albritton

    Free Press and Put People First! PA filed a petition to deny the broadcast license transfers of nine Albritton television stations to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

    September 16, 2013
  • Senate Letter in Support of Lifeline

    As part of Lifeline Awareness Week, the Free Press Action Fund and more than 80 groups representing a diverse coalition of public interest, civil rights, religious and community-based organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate and House Commerce Committees urging them to support and protect the Lifeline Program.

    September 12, 2013
  • House Letter in Support of Lifeline

    As part of Lifeline Awareness Week, the Free Press Action Fund and more than 80 groups representing a diverse coalition of public interest, civil rights, religious and community-based organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate and House Commerce Committees urging them to support and protect the Lifeline Program.

    September 12, 2013
  • Public Interest Groups Urge FCC to Continue Improving Political Ad Transparency

    The Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition ("PIPAC"), whose members include the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Free Press, the Benton Foundation, the New America Foundation and the Office of Communication, Inc. of the United Church of Christ, along with the Sunlight Foundation, filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission about the agency’s rules requiring broadcasters to post their political files online.

    August 26, 2013

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