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Rating: 4.78 stars   72 reviews 7,820

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights

Address:

40 Main St. Suite 301 Florence MA 01062 USA

Mission:

Free Press fights for your rights to connect and communicate. Free Press is building a powerful nationwide movement to change media and technology policies, promote the public interest and strengthen democracy. Free Press advocates for universal and affordable Internet access, diverse media ownership, vibrant public media and quality journalism.

Results:

Free Press and its complementary 501(c)4 organization, the Free Press Action Fund, have engaged and mobilized millions of people in crucial media policy debates. Free Press and its 900,000 members have challenged the most egregious corporate and governmental attacks on the open Internet, press freedom and public broadcasting — and won some remarkable victories.

Among our top accomplishments: •Net Neutrality: On Feb. 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted to protect real Net Neutrality and in favor of reclassifying broadband under Title II of the Communications Act. This moment was 10 years in the making and marks the biggest public policy victory in FCC history and the biggest win ever for the media reform movement. •Spying and Surveillance: In February 2014, Free Press helped organize “The Day We Fight Back,” an online action protesting mass surveillance. Five thousand websites participated, and, in one day, we drove 89,000 calls and 555,000 emails to leaders in Washington. •Community Broadband: Free Press has worked for years to overturn laws that prohibit local communities from building affordable, high-speed broadband networks. In February 2015, the FCC voted to pre-empt restrictions in Tennessee and North Carolina that ban the expansion of existing community broadband networks. President Obama also endorsed the rights of municipalities to build their own broadband networks last year, and new legislation was introduced in Congress to overturn state bans. •Mega-Mergers: Free Press was a leading voice of opposition to the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. In May 2014, we organized a protest outside Comcast headquarters in Philadelphia in which hundreds participated and hand-delivered more than 400,000 petitions opposing the merger. Under heightened public scrutiny, review of the merger intensified and delayed a decision. In April 2015, Comcast

•The 2011 defeat of the proposed merger of AT&T with T-Mobile, an anti-competitive deal that would have resulted in higher prices for consumers. •Media Consolidation: In March 2014, the FCC moved to roll back media consolidation for the first time in decades, closing a loophole that TV broadcasters had been exploiting to evade long-standing limits on how many stations one owner could control in a single market. Free Press research and advocacy helped prompt the FCC’s decision. •Low-Power FM Radio: In 2014, we saw the fruits of years of work when thousands of new LPFM stations were licensed. Free Press is celebrating more than 10 years of advocating for media that reflect the values of access, democracy, diversity, equality, freedom and openness.

Geographic areas served:

the United States and beyond

Programs:

• Internet Freedom: We’re fighting to defend Net Neutrality — and make the Internet more accessible and affordable for its users. •Fight for Media Diversity: We're analyzing media company mergers — and mobilizing millions of people to demand that decision-makers act in the public interest. • Defend Press Freedom: We’re speaking out against attacks on journalists and protecting the First Amendment in the digital age. • News Voices: We're helping communities improve local journalism to better respond to their need for information. • StopWatching.Us: We’re at the center of a broad and diverse network of civil liberties groups working to rein in unchecked government spying. • Political Ad Transparency: We’re forcing political groups and broadcasters to come clean about who’s really behind attack ads.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Free Press was indispensable in providing information and support as we got our local media reform organization started.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Free Press has done an amazing job of helping to protect net neutrality, as well as the case for independent media sources of information. It provides a vital service of educating and organizing the public re a number of crucial citizen issues. It played an instrumental role in getting the FCC to implement strong net. I am very grateful to them for providing methods and tools to the public by which we make our voice heard in the debate s surrounding the Internet and independent media and journalism in general.

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Question: Who funds Free Press and by how much?
Question: To rate a non-profit, should it not be part of that rating, to know where their money comes from?

This would help insure that the non-profit is not a front or astroturfing organization.

 
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slongsmith (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you InquiringMind for your query. Please note the Free Press gift acceptance policy: "Free Press is supported solely by gifts from individuals and charitable foundations. We don’t take a cent from business, government or political parties, so your contribution makes a big difference — and helps us stay independent." For information on funders, Free Press annual reports, IRS 990s and our audited financial reports are all available for viewing on our website at www.freepress.net/aboutus. Because there are so many charity review sites out there, it is challenging to populate each one with a high level of detail. However, our profile at GuideStar is fairly comprehensive and aggregates information from a variety of sources. Please see: http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/41-2106721/free-press.aspx

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am an independent US journalist. I've written at Huffington Post, Daily Kos, etc. Freedom of the press is a major focus of my journalism. (http://muckrack.com/mark-taylor-canfield/portfolio)

I have found Free Press to be a great resource for information regarding press freedom and media democracy. Recently I served as a member of a delegation on net neutrality that visited US Senator Maria Cantwell's office. The delegation was organized by Free Press.

NOTE: According to the Reporters Without Borders 2015 World Press Freedom Index report, the United States has dropped to 49th in the world in terms of freedom of the press. (http://rsf.org)
We can do much better than this!

Free Press is one group that is taking on the challenge of promoting media democracy and I must applaud them for providing journalists like me with important information and updates. They deserve your support!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

For a few weeks, I was involved in Free Press via email list and didn't know truly what the organization was all about. I knew the cause that they were fighting, and I was definitely in support of them.

There was a conference call this past week for anyone who wanted to join, and I was blown away. The knowledge base, the consideration, and the overall professionalism of Free Press, makes me want to get even more involved. It seems like with so many people supporting the cause that a lot of people would go unnoticed, but I feel like Free Press is willing to give any person with passion a chance to change the fight.

Thank You!!!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been impressed with the professionalism and clarity of this organization. They helped communicate the truth about what ISPs were trying to do in a clear way. I appreciated that all of their emails that referenced news or research included links to the item sited. I attended a teleconference the other day that was professionally facilitated and provided excellent information about where the Free Press thinks the fight will go next.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Thank you Mary Alice, though I didn't get to comment yesterday it was good to see so many people from across America. It's a great thing that you/we have accomplished but I for one know this battle far from over.

No one spoke of how an open internet is a gateway for the little guy and entrepreneurship. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook all started from nothing. Tax payers helped pay for its creation and we need to keep it for everyone.

As I listened the other thing that came to me is how accessible members Free Press were to me and I assume others. I've had conversations over the years through twitter, mainly with Tim Karr. He was friendly and not dismissive. It was refreshing.

Maybe in the future there can be an open discussion/comments and opinions from the callers/posters. I've done a few "Group Discussions" and it's surprising what you can learn from other's experiences.

I'm always in awe of those special persons that give their time to make our world better.

Thank you again.

Robert L. I

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Free Press goes above and beyond to remain dedicated to educating and updating the connected public to the issues affecting communication and connectivity in our country. I was impressed that they offered a teleconference for the public to join and thought their speakers provided worthwhile perspectives and commentary.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I learned of Free Press from their campaign to uphold real Net Neutrality. I participated in a recent call and I was impressed by their honesty and commitment to fighting for the rights of average people. They are a very inclusive and down-to-earth group that are not afraid to take on the lobbyist groups in Washington. While most of us complain and suffer defeat after defeat, they take action and make their voices heard. They are truly worth our support.

- Daniel Canales
Houston, TX

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I did not appreciate the severity of the threat to Internet freedom. I've always taken it for granted. Free Press made me very aware of what I might lose and continue to lose. In particular, because I realize how vital a role the Internet plays in places where there is very little freedom. We need this resource to be free of discrimination, tampering and censorship.

 
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