FCC Proposal for a Payola Internet Would End Net Neutrality

April 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal reports that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose a new set of rules issued in response to a January federal court decision that tossed out the agency's prior open Internet rules.

Free Press: Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Would Be a Disaster for Consumers

February 12, 2014
WASHINGTON — According to press reports late Wednesday night, Comcast is preparing to announce a $44 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable. The proposed takeover would unite the nation's largest cable TV and Internet service provider with the second-largest cable company. The combined companies would offer service to two-thirds of U.S. homes. The deal would have to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department.

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.

FCC Puts Push for Media Consolidation on Ice

December 17, 2013
WASHINGTON -- On Monday, stories broke that the Federal Communications Commission would no longer pursue an order put forth by then-Chairman Julius Genachowski that would have gutted the agency’s newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules. The FCC did not indicate what its plans were for the order, which was a part of the 2010 Quadrennial Review, nor did it specify its plans for the upcoming 2014 review.

Senate Confirms New FCC Chairman

October 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Late Tuesday, the Senate unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Michael O'Rielly was also confirmed as a commissioner.

Coalition of More Than 80 Organizations and Internet Companies Calls on Congress to End NSA Spying

June 11, 2013
On Tuesday, the Free Press Action Fund and more than 80 organizations and Internet companies sent a letter demanding that Congress halt and investigate the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. The signers include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and reddit. The letter coincided with the coalition’s launch of StopWatching.Us, a site demanding an inquiry into the scope and scale of the NSA’s spying activities.

Free Press Decries Spying Program

June 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has obtained a top secret court order requiring Verizon to turn over records of all calls the company’s customers make. The National Security Agency is collecting information on the numbers that Verizon customers call and on the duration of each call.

62 Civil Liberties, Press Freedom and Public Interest Groups Demand Answers on Targeting of Journalists

May 24, 2013

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, Free Press and more than 60 civil liberties, digital rights, press freedom and public interest groups sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding a full, transparent account of the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists and whistleblowers.

Combating the Cable Cabal: How to Fix America's Broken Video Market

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.

May 13, 2013


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