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Letters & Testimony
January 14, 2014
We are here today to review whether the Communications Act needs to be updated or otherwise "reformed". I have heard some say that simply because the Act is old, it must be obsolete that no matter how well it has served us, an act written 18 years ago cannot possibly have relevance in today's world.'
August 15, 2013
Letter to FCC regarding Lifeline
August 19, 2014
Comcast is already a communications leviathan -- watch this video to see what happens if its tentacles entwine even more of the communications ecosystem.
October 31, 2007
On Oct. 31, as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a hearing about media localism, activists staged a rally outside to oppose the FCC's plan to loosen the media ownership rules. Check out Prometheus Radio Project as the "FCC Cheerleaders."
March 6, 2018; Blog Post, Status Update
The U.S. Capitol grounds came alive last week as Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania convened an energy-filled rally in support of overturning the FCC’s recent decision to abolish the rules providing for net neutrality and an open internet.
March 1, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post
Oregon is on the verge of joining a growing list of states that are stepping up to protect the free flow of information online in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal “net neutrality” protections.
February 12, 2018
Common Cause is pleased to announce that Yosef Getachew has joined Common Cause as the Director of the Media and Democracy Program. Getachew will work hand-in-glove with former FCC Commissioner & Common Cause Special Advisor Michael Copps and lead campaigns to engage the public and policy makers on key initiatives including promoting an open internet, fostering competition in the media marketplace, and ensuring broadband access for all Americans.
December 14, 2017
Donald Trump's Chairman, Ajit Pai, has recklessly ignored the tens of millions of Americans who know that affordable access to the Open Internet is essential to life in the 21st century. Today's vote is a body blow for self-expression and self-governance. And the tainted process of ignoring tens of thousands of consumer net neutrality complaints makes the FCC action illegitimate.
Research & Reports
May 9, 2005
This study tells the story of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and its aftermath. In many ways, the Telecom Act failed to serve the public and did not deliver on its promise of more competition, more diversity, lower prices, more jobs and a booming economy. Instead, the public got more media concentration, less diversity, and higher prices.