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The Television Consumer Freedom Act is a good first step towards giving consumers more choice, and one that does not mandate any particular business model. It would mean that people's bills could go down, as they would no longer have to pay for programming they don't watch.
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To make even more of an impact, call your Senators directly and tell them to support the bill! Call the Senate switchboard and ask for your state's representatives: (202) 224-3121.
Disaster victims should not be guinea pigs for experiments in new phone service. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy last October, Verizon decided that instead of rebuilding its traditional phone lines, the company is replacing them with something called a "fixed wireless service."
This new wireless service, called Voice Link, is severely limited.
Just because the underlying technology is changing, that doesn't mean that the needs of the American public have changed. If the FCC sanctions Voice Link, this is the level of service we can expect the next time a phone company "upgrades" our service.
That's why two of our top lawyers wrote a white paper outlining the Five Fundamentals for the Phone Network Transition, proposing guidelines for a successful transition from older phone technologies to the innovations we're seeing today.
Our president Gigi Sohn is also testifying before the Senate on this issue on Thursday, July 25th.
Tell the FCC to honor the century-old commitment to a universal, affordable, and reliable phone network. Sign the letter below by Sunday, July 28th, and Public Knowledge will deliver your letter to the FCC before the comment period ends on the 29th.
Did you know that the smartphone in your pocket potentially infringes thousands of patents? Or that coffee shops are being threatened with patent lawsuits just for offering WiFi? In addition, the enormous cost of the patent system is slowing innovation and keeping the latest, most advanced technologies out of your hands.
Public Knowledge aims to promote a creative and connected future. When patents get in the way of new and innovative technologies, you are denied that bright future.
That's why we are excited to announce PK's new Patent Reform Project. The project will connect with both small and large stakeholders to develop policies that advance innovation and technology.
But we need your help!
We want to know what you think of the patent system: what works and what doesn't work, and how it can be improved.
The "Unlocking Technology Act" is in Congress. But it won't pass without overwhelming public support.
It only takes a few minutes to help it pass. For information on how to call your representative and how to join the campaign, visit fixthedmca.org.
I want a competitive and flexible future of video that makes it easier to access the programming I love!
Ever wonder why your cable bill is so high? Why you have to pay for so many channels you don't even watch? Why you can't pay HBO to access their content directly? Why networks like TLC and Food Network aren't legally available online?
Increasing numbers of people are canceling their cable subscriptions. More than 50% of PK staff are cord-cutters. Are you? We want to hear from you. Share your cable stories here!
We'll publish the best stories on our blog on Thursday, March 21!
For background, read our blog post Why Is Your Cable Bill So High?
AT&T has announced plans to upgrade its network and replace traditional telephone service with new, more efficient IP-based networks, networks that communicate via Internet Protocol. So what?
It is great news that AT&T is investing in its network; this improvement is how competition is supposed to work. But this network upgrade also raises critical questions that go to the very heart of the 100-year-old social contract that made voice service in America universally available, affordable, and reliable.
To read more about how the transition to IP-based networks effects the way we understand the phone system, and so much of current telecommunications policy, click here.
I want the telephone system to be universally available, affordable, and reliable regardless of the underlying technology.
Dear President Obama,
The process by which the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is being negotiated suffers from a democracy deficit that undermines its legitimacy.
This secretive process is not consistent with your administration's commitment to open government and is particularly problematic when chapters of the trade agreement, like the intellectual property chapter, negatively impact domestic policy.
For five years, Public Knowledge has been asking the FCC to give text messaging the same type of protection that it gives to voice calling. Central to that is an assurance that wireless carriers do not get to cut you off just because you take a position they don’t like. Tell the FCC it is time to make sure that wireless carriers cannot cut off your text messages just because they don't like what's being said.
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