Free Press (organization)

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Free Press
Type Advocacy
Key people
Robert W. McChesney, John Nichols, Josh Silver
Craig Aaron
Approx. 25

Free Press is a progressive lobbying group that advocates for increased government oversight of Internet Service Providers. The organization is a major supporter of net neutrality.[1][2][3]

Free Press was co-founded in 2003 by Robert W. McChesney, John Nichols, and Josh Silver. Craig Aaron is Free Press' current president and CEO, and Kimberly Longey is the COO. Its board chair is Ben Scott.

The group has an annual budget of over $5 million. Donors have include George Soros and Barbra Streisand.[1][4] Free Press is an "activist group that promotes Internet openness"[5] via nationwide grassroots activism and lobbying activity.


Free Press opposes media mergers that create monopolies. Free Press opposed the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and hailed Comcast's decision to drop its merger bid in the face of increased government scrutiny. Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron "credited the government regulators 'who have listened to the public and are seriously working to increase competition and lower the costs of access.'" [6] In 2011, Free Press pushed AT&T to abandon its bid to take over T-Mobile.[7]

Democracy Now's Amy Goodman gives a keynote address at the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform in Denver, Colorado.

Free Press supported the FCC's reclassification of Internet service providers under Title II of the Communications Act.[8]

The organization opposed the 2011 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)[9] and has opposed subsequent iterations of the bill, including CIPA in 2013 and CISA in 2015.[10]

Free Press organizes the National Conference for Media Reform.[11]

Board of Directors[edit]

The board of directors includes Craig Aaron, Michael Copps, Olga Davidson, Kim Gandy, Robert McChesney, John Nichols, Liza Pike, Ben Scott, and Josh Silver.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kang, Cecilia (28 March 2008). "Net Neutrality's Quiet Crusader: Free Press's Ben Scott Faces Down Titans, Regulators in Battle Over Internet Control". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Fund, John (February 26, 2015). "Comrades for Net Neutrality". National Review. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Boliek, Brooks (February 25, 2015). "Tom Wheeler tweaks net neutrality plan after Google push". Politico. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund: Free Press Basics". Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca R. "For Net Neutrality Advocates, a Moment to Celebrate," "The New York Times". 
  6. ^ CNN "Comcast Says It's Over: It Won't Try to Merge With Time Warner Cable" "CNN". 
  7. ^ "Big Win! AT&T Drops Its T-Mobile Takeover Bid". 
  8. ^ "For Net Neutrality Advocates, a Moment to Celebrate". 
  9. ^ "Remember When We Toppled SOPA/PIPA in Just 24 Hours? How the People Can Still Win on Net Neutrality". Free Press. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  10. ^ "Free Press Action Fund Condemns Senate Passage of CISA". Free Press. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  11. ^ "National Conference for Media Reform". 
  12. ^ "Board of Directors". Free Press. 

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