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Welcome to the Free Press blog! We post several times a week on everything from Internet access to free speech to media mergers, so check back often to see what we’re up to.

  • Verizon Fails the Laugh Test

    June 19, 2012

    It’s encouraging to see that some members on Capitol Hill haven’t forgotten why they’re in Washington: to serve the people who elected them — and not the companies that paid for their campaigns.

  • Verizon: Let Us Charge You More for Less!

    June 13, 2012

    On Monday, Verizon Wireless introduced data-sharing plans that will give users a monthly allotment of data to be used across all of their devices. The new option to share data will push customers to pay more for a limited amount of data, and it comes with a fee just to connect a device to the network. Even before using any shared data, a family of four would have to pay $160 each and every month just to connect four smartphones to Verizon's network.

  • A Victory for AT&T's Shareholders

    April 27, 2012

    There’s a new and important voice in the ongoing fight for Net Neutrality: the voice of the shareholder.

    You read that right.

    On Friday, in an unprecedented move, AT&T shareholders voted on a proposal calling on the telecom behemoth to publicly commit to Net Neutrality on its wireless networks.

  • Ben Franklin Is Rolling in His Grave

    April 27, 2012

    Yesterday the House rushed through a vote on CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

    CISPA supporters in the House were so rattled by mounting opposition to their creepy bill — more than 1 million people told them to ditch it — that they passed the legislation before our outcry could spread.

  • ALEC Wants You To Pay 750 Percent More For High-Speed Internet

    April 20, 2012

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the most powerful corporate front group you’ve never heard of. Drawing the vast majority of its financing from big corporations, the group allows these firms to help write bills that it then secretly passes off to state legislators to get turned into laws.

  • Big Brother Is Not Your 'Friend'

    April 16, 2012

    The U.S. government has increasingly shown an intense desire to “friend” you, to “follow” you, to get to know your every online move.

    Now members of the House of Representatives are channeling that desire into legislation that clears a path for authorities to work with companies like AT&T, Facebook and Google to snoop on Internet-using Americans.

  • More Groups Join the Chorus Urging Shareholders to Vote for Wireless Net Neutrality

    April 9, 2012

    In the last few weeks, more than 50,000 people have shown their support for the shareholders’ campaign to get AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to commit to wireless Net Neutrality.

    Shareholders will vote on the question in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, more individuals and groups are coming out of the woodwork to support this bold move.

  • Comcast Blocking: First the Internet -- Now the Public

    February 25, 2008
    There was huge turnout at today's public hearing in Boston on the future of the Internet. Hundreds of concerned citizens arrived to speak out on the importance of an open Internet. Many took the day off from work  standing outside in the Boston cold  to see the FCC Commissioners. But when they reach the door, they're told they couldn't come in.
     
    The size of the crowd is evidence that many Americans don't want giant corporations like Comcast and Verzion to decide what we can do and where we can go on the Internet.
     

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