Free Press

Rating: 4.78 stars   72 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights


40 Main St. Suite 301 Florence MA 01062 USA


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.


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


• 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  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been on the board of around a dozen nonprofit organizations over the past 25 years. There is no doubt that Free Press is the best managed and organized group I have overseen. The waste factor is all but nonexistent. Every penny is spent like it has a manhole cover attached to it. Planning is taken seriously and strictly adhered to, allowing for necessary flexibility. Consequently the group has proven far more effective than scores of other groups that have equal or larger annual budgets. It is all about taking care of the work at hand and leaving the theatrics to others.

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4 people found this review helpful

I first discovered Free Press about 10 years ago when I was working to get women's voices and opinions more widely included in the mainstream media, and found the organization to be an ally in seeking increased diversity in the media. I also worked with them in urging the Federal Elections Commission to block the increasing consolidation of the media that was resulting in a concentration of opinions and limiting the expression of opposing views.

As a proud board member of the organization for several years, I believe that Free Press' effective nationwide campaigns have been indispensable in building public demand to keep the internet "free and open" and to expand public media and independent journalism. What an effective and important organization!

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Free Press is inclusive of all peoples including Native Americans. Media reform is not only complex but a huge challenge for Indian Country where our voice on the media and digital divides are often not heard. Free Press provides a critically important role by representing the interests of some of the most vulnerable and un-served populations in the United States on Communications and Telecommunications issues.

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Free Press is an effective advocate and game changer. Over the past few years, Free Press has be very successful in advocating for policy changes that effect the everyday lives of people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make certain that the organizations is financially sustainable for the long haul since changes to the media landscape, for example, will take years to address.

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Thanks so much for the feedback! Having just attended the NAJA conference it's apparent to me how important media reform is for Indian Country and how valuable Free Press's work is in those communities. And I agree maintaining long-term financial sustainability is a challenge but having committed, engaged and supportive board members like you will help us to continue to progress in the right direction and make change to the media landscape no matter how long it takes. Cheers - Jessy