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Freepress Newsletter Fall 2010

Freepress Newsletter Fall 2010

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Published by: Free Press on May 04, 2011
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40 main st., suite 301orence, ma 01062
ee i you can answer this: WhichFree Press campaign has beenresorting to some new, creative andeven tasty tactics in its goal to protect Internet users and preserve the reeow o communications online? Why,SavetheInternet.com, o course.One morning in late September, wesurprised the Federal CommunicationsCommission with breakast: waes,to be exact. We thought the ood was a ftting symbol given howFCC Chairman Julius Genachowskicontinues to waver on Net Neutrality rules. Our street theater was a hit,drawing public attention to an agency that appears unwilling to protect theopen Internet.Our wae breakast was staged just days ater the one-year anniversary o Genachowski’s pledge to deliver on Net Neutrality. To remind the chairman, theFCC and the public o the still unmet promise, we published a report,
In HisOwn Words: Julius Genachowski’s Visionof Real Net Neutrality 
. Free Press alsoplaced an ad in
calling on theFCC to stop delaying and start moving to restore its authority to protect Internet users.But that’s not all that’s been happening at SavetheInternet.com. In August, when Google and Verizon announcedtheir disastrous plan to build a privateInternet and gut Net Neutrality protections on wireless devices, welaunched a campaign that targetedtheir underhanded eorts. More than350,000 people signed a Free Presspetition urging Google to stand by 
parna Sridhar has never givenserious thought to working or anything but the public interest. Her ocus on systemic problems — inmedia, elections and the judiciary system — began in high school. “Nomatter what you think about theenvironment or immigration or oreignpolicy or health care — those threethings all together determine howdecisions get made.” The daughter o a physicist and anaeronautical engineer, Aparna grewup in the heart o Caliornia’s Silicon Valley. A research project on the WarrenCourt sparked her ascination with theidea o law as a way to make social andpolitical change. Aparna graduated rom Harvard andgot her law degree rom Stanord. Shestarted out as an election lawyer at aprivate law frm, but her desire to domore policy-ocused work led her to themedia feld. “I wanted to do something that was more cross-cutting,” she says.“And working or Free Press just seemslike the right place at the right time.” As policy counsel or Free Press, Aparna works on litigation, policy and strategy. She described a typicalday: sta meeting at the ofce; a visit to meet FCC Commissioner MignonClyburn’s new chie o sta; phonecalls with proessors about broadbandissues; a strategy session back at theofce; and time spent doing researchand writing on Net Neutrality and thereclassifcation o broadband under theCommunications Act.“I really like that I work or anorganization where everyone is working toward the same goal. In Washington,I think, that working with people that are committed to a set o principlesis a privilege.” O course, she muses,there are other organizations that arecommitted to principles. “But they may be working toward the wrong set o principles,” she says with an easy laugh. Away rom the ofce, Aparna likesto cook (“anything with lemon andgarlic”), listen to music (Mates oStateand Au Revoir Simone are current avorites), and has a longstanding allegiance to
This American Life
. She’salso a runner who enjoys competing in5k and 10k races. Aparna’s mission: “Fast, aordablebroadband or everyone and preserving an open and vibrant Internet, especially or noncommercial purposes. Andmaking sure that the FCC is aregulatory agency that oversees thisreally critical inrastructure. Whether or not we’ll get there during my time at Free Press, or even in our lietime, is anopen question. But it’s a battle worthfghting.”
powerul new voice or Net Neutrality has arrived on the scene with the launch o Latinos or Internet Freedom.Comprised o more than 50 national,regional and local organizations,Latinos or Internet Freedom is working to ensure that the Internet continuesto provide Latinos with good jobs,health care, education, small businessinnovation, connection to community — and powerul organizing tools.Using the Internet to educate peopleand promote their cause online, Latinogroups were able to stop SB 1070, Arizona’s dangerous and discriminatory racial profling law, organize 6 millionpeople to march or immigrant rights in2006, and orce CNN to fre anchor LouDobbs or airing anti-immigrant viewson his show every night.But a powerulindustry with deeppockets is using liesand scare tacticsto convince civilrights groups that Net Neutrality will widen the digitaldivide. Latinos or Internet Freedom, working closely withFree Press and other SavetheInternet.comcoalition members,is working to exposethis and other bogusindustry claims.Meeting with memberso Congress, the FCC and the WhiteHouse, and reaching out to other organizations, Latinos or Internet Freedom is fghting to make sure that the Internet continues to serve as the“great equalizer” o our times. To learn more, visit latinonetlibre.com
Joseph Torreso Free Press(let)joinswith othermemberso LatinosorInternetFreedom atthe Facing Race conerence in Chicago.
Handing outwaesin ronto the FCC — to protestthe waing FCCchairman
Sop e FakeNews InvasionPublic Would Loseif Comcas DealIs Approved
SavetheInternet.com Takes to the Streets
published by 
Free Press
Fall 2010
Latinos Organize or Internet Freedom
Public Would Lose if Comcas Deal Is Approved
Imagine i yourlocalcable company,Internetservice providerandbroadcaststation were allownedby the samecorporation.Then imagine thatcorporationalso ownedcable channels,amajorbroadcastnetwork andamovie studio.Soundar-etched?I Comcastsucceedsin itsbidto acquire NBCUniversal,thisnightmare couldbecome reality ormillionso American consumers.Comcastisthe nation’slargestcablecompany,largestInternetservice provider,andaleading providero regionalcablesportsandnetwork news.NBCisone o justournationalbroadcastnetworks,an icono nationalandlocalnewsandaproducero populartelevision programming.Analystshave estimatedthati the mergerisapproved,Comcast-NBCcouldcontrolone in every ve hourso televisionviewing in Comcastmarkets,andasmuchasaquartero channelson the mostpopularcable packages.The mergerwouldmean higherpricesorconsumersandewerchoicesin programming andservices,anditwouldstie innovation inthe emerging marketoronline video.Free Press,along with otherconsumer,laborandindustry groups,isopposing themerger,which wouldharm consumers,innovation andcompetition.Tenso thousandso people have already weighedin againstthe deal,which isunderreviewby the Departmento Justice andtheFederalCommunicationsCommission.Bothagenciesare expectedto reach adecisionon the dealby early 2011.To addyourvoice andhelpstopthismerger,go towww.reepress.net/comcast
Sta Profle: Aparna Sridhar,Free Press Policy Counsel
Free PressPolicy CounselAparnaSridhar

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