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Tell Congress to Oppose the Comast/Time Warner Merger

Comcast/NBC Universal announced its proposed $45.2 billion merger with its competitor Time-Warner Cable on Feb. 13.

Comcast is already the nation's largest internet service provider, largest video provider and one of the largest home phone providers. If the proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is allowed, Comcast would become even more powerful, harming consumers and innovators by further limiting competition in a market with very few competitors and ever-rising prices. This merger must be stopped because it is simply dangerous for such a large proportion of our nation's critical communications infrastructure to be in the hands of just one provider.

Take Action On The IP Transition

While this transition has the potential to lead to a more efficient communications infrastructure, there are still lots of decisions about how the values that made the old system great will apply to the new. 

The “What’s the Hang Up?” toolkit was designed as an advocacy guide for anyone who depends on a reliable and affordable phone system. While the IP transition gives carriers the opportunity to provide new, faster and cheaper service; policymakers need to ensure carriers retain the values that made America’s phone system a truly universal service. Download the toolkit here.

Tell Congress to Support the Unlocking Technology Act

H.R. 1892 is a bill that would make sure that cell phone unlocking is legal. The bill also takes the substantial additional step of ensuring that people making lawful uses of copyrighted works won't be sued if they circumvent Digital locks in order to do so.

This bipartisan bill not only makes it clear that consumers can unlock their phones without fear of legal repercussions; it also addresses a longstanding problem with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which has been a barrier to consumers, educators, researchers, and others, in ways that don't even protect artists.

Legal uses of copyrighted works shouldn't become illegal through a technicality, and fixing this flaw in the law prevents manufacturers from locking consumers in to particular products and service plans, as well as giving people the freedom to use their own media and devices in commonsense ways.

Sign Our Petition to the FCC to Save Some Spectrum for Public Use

As Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel recently wrote, finding new opportunities for more open "unlicensed" spectrum is critical for growing the wireless economy, promoting innovation, and keeping us affordably connected to the Internet. One of the most promising new technologies uses the empty spaces between television channels, the so-called "TV white spaces". But in the upcoming spectrum auction, the FCC hopes to reclaim these white spaces and sell them to private telecom companies.

Learn more and sign our petition here to tell the FCC to save some TV white spaces for public use.

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