Mobile

Nearly half of all Americans own smartphones. By 2015, most of us will use mobile devices to access the Internet. Wireless technology is revolutionizing the very nature of how we communicate, organize and innovate. 

Yet the free speech rights of mobile device users are at risk. Private corporations and governments now have unprecedented control over the information we access and share via mobile networks, and too often this information is exploited. Police forces acquire data without warrants, phone carriers block or slow down Internet access, and companies lose or voluntarily give away our most sensitive information. 

Meanwhile, the pricing schemes of wireless companies are leaving entire communities behind. And all too often, government policies favor corporate interests over those of the public. 

Access to mobile phones and networks is essential to our democracy. That's why we need policies that protect the right of mobile phone users to communicate without interference from corporations or government authorities — and that ensure that everyone can access the free and open Internet on any device.

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  • Free Press Files Petition to Deny AT&T-DIRECTV Merger

    September 17, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Free Press filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to deny AT&T's proposed merger with DIRECTV, stating that the deal harms the public interest.
  • Consumers Win: Sprint Drops T-Mobile Takeover Bid

    August 5, 2014
    WASHINGTON — According to press reports, Sprint is dropping its bid to acquire competitor T-Mobile, scuttling a long-rumored $32 billon deal that would have consolidated the country’s third- and fourth-largest mobile providers.
  • Free Press Action Fund Testifies in Senate: Give Wireless Users More Control

    February 26, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Free Press Action Fund Policy Director Matt Wood will testify before Congress today that the little competition that exists in the U.S. wireless market is a result of smart intervention from antitrust authorities and the Federal Communications Commission. 

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News from Around the Web

  • Appeals Court Rules Against FCC Net Neutrality Authority

    U.S. News & World Report
    January 14, 2014

    A federal appeals court ruled that Verizon and other Internet service providers can operate like premium TV providers by offering priority broadband access to certain websites, dealing a blow to the legal authority of the FCC.

  • In Wireless First, AT&T Says It Is Ready to Offer 'Toll-Free' Data

    Recode
    January 10, 2014

    After indicating for two years that it was interested in such a service, AT&T is announcing its plan for “sponsored data,” in which businesses can pick up the bill for consumers using certain apps or services.

  • AT&T Turns Data Caps into Profits with New Fees for Content Providers

    Ars Technica
    January 10, 2014

    AT&T confirmed a long-rumored plan to monetize wireless data caps by charging content providers for the right to serve up video and other media without chewing up consumers' monthly data limits. Sometimes called 1-800-DATA, AT&T billed the plan as "a new way for eligible 4G customers to enjoy mobile content and apps over AT&T’s wireless network without impacting their monthly wireless data plan."

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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

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people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good