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.