On Sept. 9, 2013, Verizon faced the Federal Communications Commission in court over the agency’s 2010 Open Internet Order. In its challenge to the FCC’s Net Neutrality protections, Verizon claimed that it has “editorial discretion” over content that travels on its network.
As Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Michael O’Rielly arrive at the Federal Communications Commission, they face historic challenges and opportunities to shape the ways we connect and communicate for decades to come.
Here’s how the FCC should ensure that our public network and public airwaves provide better choices and more voices — by maintaining universal communications service, increasing media diversity, supporting local news and emphasizing political transparency.
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.
Free Press, National Hispanic Media Coalition, the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation, Public Knowledge and Writers Guild of America West sent a letter to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to urge the Committee to ensure that all providers have a meaningful chance to participate in the upcoming spectrum auctions.
Free Press released Combating the Cable Cabal: How to Fix America’s Broken Video Market, a comprehensive analysis of the economics of the cable industry. The new report investigates why cable bills continue to increase annually at three times the rate of inflation and examines polices that could bring consumers more choice and lower prices.
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."
AT&T wants the Federal Communications Commission to dissolve federal and state rules requiring universal, reliable, affordable and open networks. This will jeopardize existing communications infrastructure that carries our conversations, family connections, ideas and commerce. AT&T promises this sweeping deregulation will bring substantial consumer benefits, but there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Free Press filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission concerning AT&T's request for the FCC to facilitate the transition to all-IP networks. If granted under the FCC's current broadband classification framework, AT&T’s request would result in the complete removal of all regulatory oversight of our nation's critical telecommunications infrastructure.
We write to share our concern about the reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act and the dwindling time remaining to have a meaningful debate and amendment process before your target adjournment at the end of next week. We ask that you contact your party leadership and let them know that you expect ample time for floor debate, privacy and transparency amendments, and possible conference with the House on ultimate legislation.