Free Press

Rating: 4.78 stars   72 reviews

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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