Reports, testimony, and filings released by or in conjunction with HearUsNow.org and Consumers Union.
- Read comments (PDF) filed with the FCC by public interest groups, including Consumers Union, on the peer review of studies on media ownership commissioned by the FCC.
- Read testimony (PDF) by Chris Murray, senior counsel, Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet on competition in the wireless industry. The testimony is on behalf of Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America and Free Press.
Read comments filed with the FCC by public interest groups, including Consumers Union, on net neutrality and the fundamental principles the agency must apply to broadband communications in America. (6/15/2007)
Read testimony (PDF) by Ben Scott, Policy Director of Free Press, before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on "Communications, Broadband and Competitiveness: How Does the U.S. Measure Up?" The testimony was on behalf of Consumers Union, Free Press and Consumer Federation of America.
Read testimony (PDF) by Gene Kimmelman, Vice President, Federal and International Affairs, Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the proposed XM-Sirius Satellite merger. The testimony is on behalf of Common Cause, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Free Press, and Media Access Project. (4/17/2007)
- Read comments filed by public interest groups urging the FCC to extend the program access rules for at least five years to promote competition and diversity in the cable market. Comments were filed on behalf of Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Free Press, Media Access Project and Communications Workers of America.
- Read testimony (PDF) on the proposed XM/Sirius satellite radio merger by Consumers Union Vice President, Federal & International Affairs Gene Kimmelman before House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
- Read Mark Cooper's testimony (PDF) on behalf of Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America and Free Press on the proposed XM/Sirius satellite radio merger before the Intellectual Property Task Force of the House Judiciary Committee. (2/28/2006)
- Gene Kimmelman, Vice President, Federal & International Affairs for Consumers Union, testified (PDF) at a Federal Communications Commission public hearing on media ownership in Nashville. Kimmelman's testimony focused on media consolidation and its impact on Nashville and the state of Tennessee.
- Summary (PDF) and the complete filings (PDF) before the FCC on competitive sources for local news and information
- Read Mark Cooper's full written statement (PDF), including the study results showing that allowing media mergers would bulldoze diversity and democracy
- Read the letter (PDF) urging independent investigation of possible destruction of FCC reports and read the recently uncovered report (PDF).
- Read the executive summary (PDF) or the full report (PDF) of Broadband Reality Check II.
- Consumers Union believes that consumers should have access to government funded research, and joined in sending a letter with other consumer groups, libraries, researchers, publishers and patients in support of the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S. 2695).
- Consumer and public interest groups sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation strongly urging them to oppose the Communications, Consumers' Choice and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 unless substantial changes are made during committee consideration.
- Download the full text (PDF) of Ben Scott’s testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation about the Communications, Consumer's Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 (S. 2686).
- Report (PDF), "Economic Analysis and Network Neutrality: Separating Empirical Facts from Theoretical Fiction" dismantles industry claims about net neutrality.
- Consumers groups filed a petition (PDF) with the FCC to deny AT&T's request to transfer the licenses and authorizations held by BellSouth. Read the supporting documents (PDF).
- Consumer groups sent a letter to the leaders of the House (PDF) and Senate (PDF) Judiciary Committees urging the adoption of the "Internet Freedom and Non-Discrimination Act" (H.R. 5417) to protect the free and open Internet.
- Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Free Press and U.S. PIRG today pledged their strong support for the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2006." The bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) aims to protect Network Neutrality, the fundamental principle that ensures a free and open Internet.
- Consumer groups today released the following letter on Energy and Commerce Committee markup of the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act.
- Consumer groups told a House panel that Americans frustrated with skyrocketing cable TV prices, spotty customer service and limited choice may just get more of the same under a new bill that allows telephone companies to offer video services. Read the groups' submitted testimony (PDF) before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee.
- Consumers groups testified on wireless communications issues and spectrum reform.
- Consumer groups sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce in of support of the Prevention of Fraudulent Access to Phone Records Act.
- Consumer groups submitted testimony (PDF) urging the Senate Commerce Committee to ensure that telephone companies seeking exemptions from local government control be required to offer new video and Internet services to all consumers.
- Poll (PDF) released by consumer groups says two-thirds of Internet users have serious concerns about practices by Internet network owners to block or impair their access to information and services, and the majority of those surveyed support congressional action to prevent this practice.