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!
Last week, the full City Council of Philadelphia overwhelmingly passed a 15-year cable franchise agreement with one of its most powerful residents: Comcast. Under the new agreement, Comcast will provide the city with 5 percent of its gross revenues from Philadelphia cable service – the maximum amount permitted under federal law – plus an additional […]
In partnership with the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations, MDF is pleased to announce the awards for Quantified Society: Examining the Consequences of Algorithmic Decision Making for Open Societies. After a rigorous selection process that sought input from a wide range of experts, final grants totaling more than $270,000 will be distributed to […]
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 […]