The enormous wave of net neutrality comments that poured into the Federal Communications Commission represents one of the most extraordinary successes of the campaign. Over four million people took time out of their lives to write to a federal agency – more people than had ever commented on any issue being considered by the FCC. […]
Battles like net neutrality are only won when decision makers understand the real impact a policy will have on the lives of the people they serve. This video in MDF’s series about net neutrality tells the story of the campaign’s public education work, with a spotlight on the organizing effort that culminated in a statement […]
Building a coalition that’s strong enough and broad enough to achieve a major policy victory like net neutrality takes time, energy, and sustained investment in building effective collaborations. This video in MDF’s series on net neutrality tells the story of the organizing approach and coalition structure that mobilized support for the Federal Communications Commission’s vote […]
Net neutrality is the principle that all communication on the internet must be treated equally. An implicit ‘First Amendment’ for the internet since the inception of the world wide web, everyone from public interest advocates to businesses and government institutions relies on net neutrality for fair access to their audience. Without net neutrality rules, Internet […]
Over the last ten years, millions of people came together to protect the open internet. This is their story.
In a major step toward closing the digital divide, the FCC voted yesterday to expand and modernize the Lifeline program to include subsidies for broadband access. Originally established to guarantee basic access to phone lines and emergency services, the Lifeline program will now provide a $9.25 home broadband subsidy that can be used on either wireless or […]
In honor of the field’s hard work, MDF is producing a series of videos about the net neutrality campaign, told in the words of the organizers, mobilizers, and policy experts who delivered the victory at the FCC in 2015. Stay tuned for the full release in April!
Net neutrality had its day in court on Friday, as open internet advocates defended the FCC’s new rules during oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The FCC is being sued by Internet Service Providers, who wish to be able to block and throttle online communication based on its content. MDF […]
In a major step forward for prison phone justice, the FCC has voted to approve strong new protections for inmates and their families who have been subjected to exorbitant rates for calls to and from home. The vote itself was an emotional event, as testimony from affected family members and a heartfelt speech by FCC […]
This is a time for celebration. The FCC’s February 26th vote to enact strong, new open internet rules represents the culmination of at least 13 years of hard work, and one of the most significant and unadulterated public interest policy victories in decades – in any field. What did we just win? Net neutrality is a foundational principle […]