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Media & Democracy 10.1.2019

With DC Circuit Remand of FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Congress and States Must Act

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion upholding much of the FCC’s 2017 decision repealing its 2015 net neutrality rules. In upholding the FCC’s 2017 decision, the Court reverses its prior decision where it fully upheld the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules.

Media & Democracy 09.29.2019

Seattle Times (Op-Ed): Journalists must make the shrinking free press a campaign issue

In the coming months and during the presidential debates, the public and the candidates themselves should demand that media hold itself accountable in campaign coverage. Reporters should begin asking candidates why we don’t have net neutrality and an open internet despite polls showing 85% of the public — Republicans, Democrats and Independents — support it. Reporters should be asking the candidates if media consolidation troubles them and what they might do about it. Reporters should be asking why so many communities live in news deserts today and what they would do to fix this.

Media & Democracy 06.11.2019

On Anniversary of Net Neutrality Repeal, Common Cause Demands Senator McConnell Allow Vote On Save the Internet Act

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality. Since the repeal, broadband service providers have been free to block, throttle, or create fast lanes and slow lanes by charging websites extra fees to prioritize their content. Since the repeal, there’s been evidence of broadband service providers throttling speeds, degrading video quality, and creating service plans that favor their own services over competitors.

Media & Democracy 04.17.2019

Common Dreams: Michael Copps Thinks Trump Is Trying to Put FCC Out of Business

Former commissioner says there's no democracy without honest news and an open Internet.

Media & Democracy 04.16.2019

Public-Interest and Consumer Groups Deliver 60,000 Petitions from People Opposed to T-Mobile’s Takeover of Sprint

More than 60,000 Americans registered their opposition to the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger in a new petition submitted to the FCC on Tuesday by Common Cause, Free Press, Communications Workers of America, Demand Progress Education Fund, and other public interest groups.

Media & Democracy 04.10.2019

Common Cause Applauds House Passage of Save the Internet Act

Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act. The bill reverses the repeal of net neutrality by the Trump FCC in December 2017 and restores the framework in the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order. Under the 2015 rules, broadband service providers are prohibited from blocking, throttling, or charging special fees to prioritize certain websites and online content. The 2015 framework also gives the FCC adequate authority to investigate unjust and unreasonable behavior by broadband service providers and act as a cop on the beat in an uncompetitive marketplace.

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