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Stop secret attack ads!

We deserve to know who is trying to influence our vote. But decisions like Citizens United have opened the door for wealthy special interests to flood the airwaves with negative ads, without even disclosing who they are.
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Events

Letters & Testimony

Political Broadcasting & Sponsorship Identification

October 28, 2015

We call upon the FCC to take immediate action to enforce the public file and sponsorship identification requirements of Sections 315 and 317 of the Communications Act with respect to advertisements relating to political campaigns and political matters of public importance. The matter is urgent because the 2016 election campaign is already underway, and state and local primary elections will begin in a few months.

Joint Letter to President Obama on Net Neutrality

August 13, 2014

A letter written by former FCC Commissioner and special advisor to Common Cause's Media and Democracy Reform Initiative Michael Copps and Free Press President & CEO Craig Aaron urging President Obama to support reclassification of broadband internet as a common carrier utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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Multimedia

Net Neutrality Decision Day

December 17, 2010

The Federal Communications Commission must step up to protect consumer interests and preserve the Open Internet in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling jeopardizing the easy access to popular websites and applications enjoyed by millions of Americans, Common Cause said today. Take action!

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Democracy Wire

FCC Vote Tomorrow Will Weigh the Public Interest Against Corporate Interests

December 13, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

This may well be the last gasp of the open internet, as big telecom’s majority as the FCC decrees instead the Gate-keeper’s Internet—a shadowy world of monopoly, commercialism, and conspiracy in restraint of democracy that totally subverts the promise of what might have been.

Can They Hear You Now?

December 7, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post

Thousands of Americans are heading to Verizon stores across the country today to protest its efforts to gain control of what they can see and hear on the internet.

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Press Releases

AT&T-Time Warner Merger Violates Antitrust Laws, Politics Should Not Have Had Any Role in DOJ Decision

November 20, 2017

On its face the AT&T-Time Warner merger clearly violates of antitrust law and President Trump’s railing against CNN should not have played any role in the Justice Department’s decision to bring suit. We have always maintained that vertical mergers of content and carriage violate well-established and pro-consumer antitrust principles. Blessing AT&T’s monopolistic bid to acquire Time Warner would harm consumers and the public interest.

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Research & Reports

Citizens Speak: The Real World Impacts of Media Consolidation

October 24, 2006

A report which begins: 'The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently reopened its review of media ownership rules, and is widely expected to approve changes this year that will allow big media companies to get even bigger.'

National_102406_Report_Tale_of_Five_Cities_Media_Consolidation.pdf

October 24, 2006

For more than 30 years, the Federal Communications Commission has had a rule in place that prevents one company from owning both the local newspaper and the local TV station in one community. The reasons behind the ban on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership are clear: A single owner deprives a community of important diverse sources of news, information and opinion.

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