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Save the Internet!

In the next few months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide the future of the Internet. Major telecom and cable companies are seeking unprecedented control over what you can see and say online. If the FCC's plan to allow fast lanes for the few goes forward, the rest of us will suffer. The deep-pocketed will pay to move their online content at top speed, consigning nonprofit, independent and dissenting voices to the slow lane.

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Letters & Testimony

Tennessee and North Carolina vs. FCC

November 12, 2015

BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE BENTON FOUNDATION, COMMON CAUSE, NEW AMERICA’S OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, AND SHLB COALITION IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS

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Multimedia

Delivery of our Petition to the FCC on Net Neutrality

January 1, 2008

Today, Common Cause and our colleagues at Free Press, Color of Change, ACLU, Demand Progress and many others delivered over 1 million signatures from activists around the country, demanding that the FCC reclassify broadband and restore net neutrality and the Open Internet.

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Democracy Wire

FEC Bows to Pressure and Votes to Open Rulemaking for Online Political Ad Disclosure

November 16, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Americans expect and deserve to know who is bankrolling the political ads that follow them around the internet. In the wake of revelations about Russian use of internet ads to sway the 2016 presidential race, Common Cause and 17,945 members and supporters made that expectation very clear to the FEC, filing comments with the agency last week. In total, more than 150,000 Americans spoke out in comments and petitions with the agency—an FEC rulemaking record.

FCC Vote Kneecaps Local Media by Clearing Way for Massive Mergers like Sinclair-Tribune

November 16, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Even for this craven FCC majority, today’s vote to bless more media consolidation represents an awful new low. The FCC just wiped away time-tested and common sense safeguards that promote vibrant local media by ensuring voters have access to competing sources of news. By blessing consolidation this majority has ensured newsroom redundancy, meaning fewer working journalists to hold the powerful to account. And if that were not enough, let Big Broadcast get even bigger means cable customers nationwide will pay higher bills.

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Press Releases

FCC Vote Kneecaps Local Media by Clearing Way for Massive Mergers like Sinclair-Tribune

November 16, 2017

Even for this craven FCC majority, today’s vote to bless more media consolidation represents an awful new low. The FCC just wiped away time-tested and common sense safeguards that promote vibrant local media by ensuring voters have access to competing sources of news. By blessing consolidation this majority has ensured newsroom redundancy, meaning fewer working journalists to hold the powerful to account. And if that were not enough, let Big Broadcast get even bigger means cable customers nationwide will pay higher bills.

FEC Bows to Pressure and Votes to Open Rulemaking for Online Political Ad Disclosure

November 16, 2017

Americans expect and deserve to know who is bankrolling the political ads that follow them around the internet. In the wake of revelations about Russian use of internet ads to sway the 2016 presidential race, Common Cause and 17,945 members and supporters made that expectation very clear to the FEC, filing comments with the agency last week. In total, more than 150,000 Americans spoke out in comments and petitions with the agency—an FEC rulemaking record.

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Research & Reports

National_121707_Report_FCC_Reforms.pdf

December 17, 2007

Common Cause, the Media Access Project and Econometric Research and Analysis offer a set of recommendations that Republicans and Democrats alike should support as simple, affordable ways to involve the public in the critical dialog over our media and digital future. These recommendations, if implemented, will boost public confidence in the FCC by making it more transparent and fair and will make it a more efficient and effective enforcement agency

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