• In Your FaceTime, AT&T

    November 14, 2012
    In a major about-face, AT&T has decided to give more iPhone users access to mobile FaceTime without forcing them to upgrade to more expensive plans. But our work isn’t over yet. If we keep pushing, we can get AT&T to open up FaceTime to everyone.
  • FCC Commissioner McDowell Wrong on Net Neutrality and Investment

    October 19, 2012

    Washington, D.C., is often referred to as a “bubble,” and for good reason. On any given day there will be some kind of panel at an industry-funded “think tank” that includes regulators or other government officials speaking about the ills of government — and the virtues of unrestrained monopoly. This week we got two of these bubble moments courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Film Highlights Predatory Prison Phone Rates

    October 12, 2012
    This Friday, the film Middle of Nowhere will open in several cities around the country. The film explores a woman’s struggle to stay in touch with her incarcerated husband. This is a challenge facing many families, and a big part of it is due to the high cost of prison phone calls — as much as $17 for a 15-minute call.
  • Justice Delayed

    September 25, 2012

    It’s been almost a decade since Martha Wright filed the lawsuit that led to a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to address the high cost of prison phone calls — which can climb as high as $17 for a 15-minute call. This was a personal issue for Ms. Wright, who was struggling to stay in touch with a grandson who was incarcerated out of state. She couldn’t easily visit her grandson, who was transferred to multiple prisons over the course of his sentence, and because she’s blind she couldn’t communicate with him via mail.

  • AT&T's FaceTime Blocking: There's a Complaint for That

    September 18, 2012

    Last week, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and with it, its updated mobile operating system, iOS 6. While Apple fans were busy inhaling details like the new screen size, better camera lens and thinner body, Free Press made sure people knew about another feature: AT&T’s intent to block mobile FaceTime for iPhone and iPad users.

  • FCC Defends Net Neutrality, Says Verizon Is No Internet Editor

    September 13, 2012

    Telephone and cable companies keep dreaming up new ways to close down your access to the Internet. This week, the court case over the Federal Communications Commission rules designed to prevent that kind of behavior moved to its next phase.

  • AT&T's FaceTime Blocking Puts the Screws to Its Deaf Customers

    September 11, 2012
    AT&T’s FaceTime blocking is especially frustrating to me. I am profoundly deaf. For me and my family, mobile FaceTime offers the promise of a seamless, one-touch communications solution that will allow me to communicate in my natural language, American Sign Language.
  • Urge the FCC to Address the High Cost of Prison Phone Calls

    May 11, 2012

    For 2.7 million children in the United States, a phone call is their only means of communicating with parents in prison. Phone calls with those parents can provide stability, comfort and a sense of normalcy.