Free and Open Internet a Non-partisan Issue

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.

Representative Edward Markey (D-Maryland) speaks to the National Conference For Media Reform


Representative Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) delivers a fiery speech to journalists gathered at the National Conference For Media Reform in Boston. He says Republicans in Congress are trying to shut down the internet at the same time they are trying to shut down the government

Al Franken Does His Kanye West Imitation (Sort Of)

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Even US Senators have to deal with relatives. Senator Al Franken has to leave the FCC hearing on Internet Neutrality early because he’s visiting his in-laws. But Franken knows he can catch up on the entire hearing later by watching it guess where? Yeah, that’s right– on The UpTake. Full video of the FCC hearing can be found here.

Senator Al Franken

Franken: Net Neutrality “Biggest Issue Since Freedom of Religion”

“Net Neutrality is the biggest issue since Freedom of Religion, which until last week I thought we had worked out” – Senator Al Franken

Al Franken is the only U.S. Senator with firsthand knowledge of TV networks. That knowledge has helped him forge a forceful argument about megamergers such as Google/Verizon and Comcast/Viacom. These mergers would abolish Net Neutrality, or equal access to the Internet despite the content or the size of the customer. “A corporation’s only obligation is to its bottom line, not to you and me” said Franken. He spoke August 19 at a public hearing in Minneapolis on the future of the Internet .