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Consumers Union Documents

  • Consumer Comments to the NTIA on “Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct”

    April 2, 2012 National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230 Submitted via email to privacyrfc2012@ntia.doc.gov Consumer Comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on “Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct” Docket No. 120214135–2135–01 The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requested comment on Continue Reading

  • Comments to the NTIA on “Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct

    April 2, 2012 National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230 Submitted via email to privacyrfc2012@ntia.doc.gov Comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on “Multistakeholder Process To Develop Consumer Data Privacy Codes of Conduct” Docket No. 120214135–2135–01 The undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to respond to the National Continue Reading

  • Tracking Protection on Google Chrome for Mac

    Take control of your privacy and utilize the tools available to you on Google Chrome! Privacy tools are improving with each version of Google Chrome, so it is important to download the latest version of Chrome here. Then get started on the simple slideshow below to see what your options are for tracking protection from Continue Reading

  • Tracking Protection on Safari for Mac

    Take control of your privacy and utilize the tools available to you on Apple Safari! You can only use the Do Not Track tool in Safari version 5.1 and higher, so download the latest version here. Then get started on the simple slideshow below to see what your options are for tracking protection from websites! Continue Reading

  • Tracking Protection on Firefox for Mac

    Take control of your privacy and utilize the tools available to you on Mozilla Firefox! Firefox continues to improve its privacy tools with each version, so it is important to download the latest version of Firefox here. Then get started on the simple slideshow below to see what your options are for tracking protection from Continue Reading

  • Google Chrome 17 tools to block unwanted tracking

    If you’ve been worried that Google, master of the internet information universe, can too easily track you around the web…then its time to do something about it. Upgrade to Chrome 17 and finally take back your privacy. Not many folks are using Chrome 17 just yet. Download it now, and we’ll show you how. GC17TrakingProtection Continue Reading

  • Better Privacy Controls with IE9

    If you use Internet Explorer to surf the net, you can improve your web privacy significantly with IE9 tools. Most people have not yet updated to IE 9, which was released in March 2011, so we encourage you to do that first. If you have Windows XP or earlier you cannot upgrade to IE9. Internet Continue Reading

  • How to use your browser privacy tools: we show you!

    We’ve created quick slide presentations that walk you through the privacy controls on your browser and give you tips to increase your privacy when you surf the net. First, pick your browser! Learn about better privacy tools for: Internet Explorer for PC Mozilla Firefox for PC Google Chrome for PC Apple Safari for Mac Mozilla Continue Reading

  • Mozilla Firefox 10 Privacy Tools

    Firefox 10 offers some real improvements over its predecessors when it comes to privacy. After a number of “beta” test launches, the final version of this browser was released January 2012. Since it is so new, most users have not yet upgraded. So first, we recommend you download it if you are not already using Continue Reading

  • Consumers Union Comments to FTC on Facial Recognition Technologies

    January 31, 2012 Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Room H-113 (Annex P) Washington,DC20580 Comments of Consumers Union Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Project Number P115406   Consumers Union,[1] the public policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports®, appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on “Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Continue Reading

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Consumers Union News Releases

  • Comcast merger opponents have submitted nearly 600,000 public comments to FCC

    December 19, 2014 Comcast Merger Opponents Have Submitted Nearly 600,000 Public Comments to FCC  Merger Would Stifle Competition and Lead to Higher Prices, Fewer Choices, And Even Worse Customer Service WASHINGTON. D.C. – Opponents of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger announced today that they have submitted just under 600,000 public comments to the Federal Communications Commission in Continue Reading

  • CU rebuts Comcast’s merger claims In latest filing with FCC

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Consumers Union urges FCC to reject Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger in reply comments to agency WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today filed reply comments at the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of CU and Common Cause in opposition to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. In the filing, Continue Reading

  • California PUC urged to reject the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger

    December 11, 2014 Greenlining Institute ~ Consumers Union ~TURN ~ Media Alliance ~ California Common Cause   Low Income, Consumer, & Media Advocacy Groups Urge California PUC to Reject the Comcast – Time Warner Cable Merger SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Advocacy groups representing low income Californians, consumers, and diverse media voices urged the California Public Utilities Commission Continue Reading

  • CU Praises President Obama’s Statement in Support of a Free and Open Internet

    Consumers Union praises President’s statement in support of free and open Internet WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, applauded today’s statement by President Obama in support of strong net neutrality rules to ensure a free and open Internet, including the reclassification of consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Continue Reading

  • “Comcast Attacks!” Ad Shows How the Cable Monster’s Merger Will Hurt Consumers

    October 30, 2014 “Comcast Attacks!” Ad Highlights How the Cable Monster’s Merger With Time Warner Cable Will Hurt Consumers  Merger Would Allow Comcast to Dominate the Market, Leading to Higher Prices, Fewer Choices And Worse Customer Service  WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new Halloween-themed ad appearing in Communications Daily today by Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm Continue Reading

  • Despite an FCC No-Show, New Yorkers Speak Out for the Open Internet

    NEW YORK — The fight to save Net Neutrality and stop the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger came to Brooklyn on Monday night as an enthusiastic crowd of New Yorkers testified before five empty chairs, each representing one of the five FCC commissioners who either declined or failed to respond to the event organizers’ invitations to Continue Reading

  • Stronger net neutrality rules needed for both wireless and wired Internet services

    Consumers Union calls on FCC to support stronger net neutrality rules, apply equal standards to wireless and wired services WASHINGTON, DC – In comments filed today at the Federal Communications Commission, Consumers Union called on the FCC to support stronger net neutrality rules, saying the same protections should be applied equally to wireless Internet networks Continue Reading

  • Advocacy Groups Urge the FCC to Hold Field Hearings on Net Neutrality

    Largest Online Advocacy Groups to FCC: Get Out of D.C. Chairman Wheeler must respond to overwhelming public support for Net Neutrality by leaving Washington and meeting face-to-face with Americans WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, 27 of the nation’s largest online advocacy groups submitted a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the agency to participate Continue Reading

  • FCC Chairman’s Concerns About Broadband Competition Show Why the Comcast Merger Should be Rejected

    Thursday, September 4, 2014 Consumers Union: FCC Chairman’s concerns about broadband competition show why Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger should be rejected WASHINGTON, D.C . – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today delivereda speech on the state of the market for high-speed Internet service and the need for greater broadband competition. Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Continue Reading

  • “”Together Isn’t Better” Video Pokes Fun At Comcast’s Ad Campaign & Merger With Time Warner Cable

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, took a light-hearted look at Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable today in a new satirical video.   The video pokes fun at Comcast’s “Together is Better” ad campaign, which promises everything will get better if the cable Continue Reading

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Blog Posts

  • Don’t Let Comcast Break the Internet!

    At a time when celebrities are trying to break the Internet with their latest publicity stunts, there’s a much more serious threat to life as we know it online. Our ability to access the web sites and online content we choose at an affordable price without interference by Internet service providers is under attack.   That’s Continue Reading

  • Comcast Vows to Fix Customer Service. We’re Not Holding Our Breath.

    One of the reasons the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger has prompted so much public opposition is that both companies have terrible track records when it comes to customer service.  Most people — us included — don’t think things will get better if the merger gets OKed. Survey after survey has rated both companies Continue Reading

  • Comcast’s Latest PR Campaign is All Spin

    Comcast has launched a national media campaign to try and discredit merger opponents (that’s all of us) as just the “doom and gloom” crowd.  The cable giant is stepping up its pr offensive because it knows that the public is overwhelmingly opposed to its mega merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast dismisses your concerns, saying Continue Reading

  • Comcast customer service rep refuses to take “no” for an answer

    We’ve heard plenty of complaints about Comcast ever since we launched our campaign to stop the company’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.  But an audio tape of a customer’s attempt to cancel his Internet service captures a particularly egregious encounter with a surly Comcast representative. For nearly ten minutes, the Comcast representative argues with Continue Reading

  • New York Takes A Close Look at The Comcast-TWC Merger

    Ever since Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable in February, all eyes have been on the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department, which are charged with reviewing the plan.  But some states are taking a close look too and this week New York held a series of hearings on the deal. New Continue Reading

  • Consumer Reports Poll Finds Most Americans Oppose the Comcast Mega Merger

    Comcast has been trying to sell its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable by promising all sorts of benefits for consumers.  But a new public opinion survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center shows that the public isn’t falling for the cable giant’s empty promises. According to the poll, only 11 percent of the Continue Reading

  • Consumers rally against Comcast’s mega merger at shareholder meeting

    Comcast may have an army of lobbyists on their side as they push their mega merger in Washington, but we’ve got the people! That’s the message we sent loud and clear at the Comcast shareholder meeting earlier this week in Philadelphia.  While investors were meeting inside, we held a People’s Vote on the merger outside Continue Reading

  • Comcast makes excuses for low customer satisfaction ratings

    You can’t blame Comcast for trying.  Faced with low scores in the latest Consumer Reports survey of consumers about their experiences with pay-TV and Internet service providers, the company has tried to dismiss the ratings because Consumers Union opposes its merger with Time Warner Cable. In an internal memo in late April to company employees, Continue Reading

  • Comcast’s Deal with Charter Is Putting Lipstick on a Pig

    Comcast announced earlier this week that it was selling off about three million customers to Charter Communications in an attempt to make its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable more palatable to regulators.  But this latest deal does little to address our concerns about the mega merger. Comcast has been saying all along that it Continue Reading

  • Internet Explorer 10 Will Enable “Do Not Track” By Default

    Microsoft recently announced that its new version of the Internet Explorer browser, IE10, will have the “Do Not Track” setting enabled by default. The “Do Not Track” tool, supported by the Federal Trade Commission and a number of consumer and privacy groups, including Consumers Union, would allow individuals to tell third party sites that they Continue Reading

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