Free and Open Internet a Non-partisan Issue

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At the National Conference for Media Reform, the UpTake’s Sam Mayfield spoke with Craig Aaron, the new CEO of Free Press, who says he entered this line of work because he cares deeply about journalism and the free and open Internet. “If we don’t fix media, then we won’t be able to fix any issue that we care about,” says Aaron.

During the conference in Boston, House Republicans voted to throw out the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. Ironically, Free Press also opposed those rules because, they opine, the rules weren’t strong enough. Aaron laments that “we’ve taken an issue like the free and open Internet — which isn’t partisan at all — and it’s being framed in Washington as a government takeover, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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