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 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. 

  • Members of Congress Stand Up for Net Neutrality Rules

    February 3, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal and Reps. Henry Waxman and Anna Eshoo introduced the Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014, which would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet rules. Last month the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned these rules, which prohibited Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against Internet traffic.
  • More Than 1 Million People Call on FCC to Save Net Neutrality

    January 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, Free Press led a coalition of organizations — including the ACLU, Avaaz, Common Cause, ColorOfChange, CREDO, DailyKos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, the Harry Potter Alliance, MoveOn, RootsAction and the Sierra Club's SierraRise community — that delivered more than 1 million petitions to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to restore Net Neutrality.

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News from Around the Web

  • Verizon Customers Fight Fiber Optic Push

    Daily News
    March 20, 2014

    Verizon customers in East Harlem who have been without telephone service since early February say the mega-company is trying to force them to dump their outdated traditional copper-cable landlines for the new fiber-optic lines and fancy features.

  • 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.

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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.

  • Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

    On Feb. 13, Comcast announced its bid to buy its chief rival, Time Warner Cable. If approved, this deal would create a television and Internet colossus like no other.

    Comcast is the country’s #1 cable and Internet company and Time Warner Cable is #2. They both regularly rank at the bottom of the barrel in customer-service surveys. Put them together and you get one subpar giant offering service to two-thirds of U.S. homes.

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