For Immediate Release Common Cause and 46 Organizations Urge Public Interest-Oriented Leadership at FCC

Posted on March 31, 2014

Common Cause and 46 allied organizations today called on President Obama to appoint to the Federal Communications Commission commissioners who will uphold consumer protection in telecommunications, promote a diverse and local media ecosystem, and foster universal connectivity to the open Internet.

"With so much at stake - a free and open Internet, creeping media monopolization and a political system awash in unaccountable, anonymous money - it's crucial that President Obama appoint public interest champions who are committed to upholding the values he campaigned on," said Michael Copps, special adviser to Common Cause's Media and Democracy Reform Initiative and a former decade-long member of the Federal Communications Commission.

Two commissioners, Chairman Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell, have recently announced their departures from the FCC.

Common Cause and 46 other diverse organizations, including Consumers Union, Free Press and Public Knowledge, signed onto a letter sent Thursday to the White House.

Read the full text of the letter here, and the list of signed organizations.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Media and Democracy

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