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3D/DC 2015 - 3D Printers Return to Washington!

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3D/DC 2015 - 3D Printers Return to Washington!

We are excited to announce that the world of 3D printing is coming back to Washington, DC this spring. On April 29th we will be holding 3D/DC 2015, our fourth annual bacchanalia of 3D printing and policy. If we do say so ourselves, this is the premiere 3D printing policy event of the year, bringing together the 3D printing world and the world of policy. Learn more and RSVP today!

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC for Advancing Competitive Protections for Online Video

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission tentatively concluded that online services qualify as "multichannel programming distributors" and asked for further public input on some technical issues. The FCC's legal conclusion means that certain online services will qualify for competitive protections, among other things.

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New Video: Internet of Thanks

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This is the time of year when we look back and reflect on reasons to be thankful. At Public Knowledge we realize we have a lot to to be thankful for this year, and it is all thanks to your continued support. With that in mind, we thought it only fitting we say a little something. Click the video below to get just a glimpse of some of our reasons to be thankful, and take a minute to look back at what your help and support has accomplished in 2014. It’s also not a bad way to see our normally serious staff take a moment to show off their inner dork.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC for Largest Privacy Enforcement Action in FCC History

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Today the FCC announced that it plans to fine two carriers $10 million for multiple violations of telecommunications privacy laws. The carriers, TerraCom and YourTel, reportedly stored over 300,000 low-income consumers’ applications for the Lifeline program for several months on unprotected Internet servers that anyone in the world could access. The Lifeline program provides discounted service based on financial need, and applications for the service contain private and highly sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, names, addresses, and driver’s license numbers. When the carriers discovered the problem, they failed to notify all potentially affected consumers. At the time, the carriers’ privacy policies stated that they used “technology and security features to safeguard the privacy of your customer specific information from unauthorized access or improper use.”

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FCC Roundtable Roundup

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Over the past month, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has hosted panels to publicly discuss the various elements of net neutrality. The Chairman and Commissioners did not take them lightly; the FCC held over six different panels on four different days, totaling more than 24 hours of straight net neutrality talk. Chairman Wheeler actively participated in all, either in person or through Twitter questions.

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Video Creators for Net Neutrality Submit over 14,000 Comments to FCC

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Today Public Knowledge and The Harry Potter Association will submit net neutrality reply comments, representing over 14,000 video creators who are proud believers in an open internet. These signatures were collected through the launch of our website Video Creators for Net Neutrality. After only a few weeks, the site has been overwhelmed with support for this action. Collectively, the video creators are responsible for videos viewed over 14 billion times worldwide. They have signed up to say in one voice: without net neutrality, they would not exist.

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Public Knowledge Files Reply Comments in Net Neutrality Proceeding, Continuing the Push for Title II

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Today Public Knowledge filed reply comments at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the subject of net neutrality. Public Knowledge’s filing explains how a careful analysis of initial comments filed in this proceeding supports Public Knowledge’s position that the Commission should reclassify the internet as a Title II telecommunications service in order to protect the open internet.

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FCC Set to End Anti-Viewer, Anti-Fan Sports Blackout Rule

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The FCC is set to vote to repeal its sports blackout rule. Under their contracts with the NFL, local broadcasters cannot air a game that has not sold out (though the game may still be broadcast out of market). Under the sports blackout rule, pay TV operators are not permitted to make out-of-market stations carrying the blacked-out game available to viewers in the team's local market, even if doing so would otherwise be lawful.

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Popular YouTube Creators Collectively Voice Support for Net Neutrality

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On August 20th, Public Knowledge and the Harry Potter Alliance began an initiative to recruit YouTube video creators to voice their support for net neutrality through the site www.VideoCreatorsforNetNeutrality.org. YouTube video creators are coming together to express one important view: without net neutrality, they would not exist. This is one of the first times that the online video creator community has come together around a policy issue that impacts them directly.

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FCC Chairman Wheeler Makes The Right Diagnosis For America’s Broadband Ills

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Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler gave a speech announcing that all Americans should have access to broadband capable of downloading 25 mbps. The Chairman also acknowledged that the market for broadband at 25 mbps or higher is uncompetitive, frequently with only a single provider offering these speeds.

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Public Knowledge Launches New Remix Competition, “Recast Comcast”

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Today Public Knowledge announced Recast Comcast, a contest to remix the slew of recordings of poor Comcast customer service that have been appearing on the internet this summer. This contest challenges everyone to remix these various recordings into something amazing, and hopes to create something positive out out many hours spent on Comcast customer service calls. As the grand prize, Public Knowledge will pay the winner’s last Comcast bill.

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Public Knowledge Initiates Open Internet Complaints Against AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon

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Today, Public Knowledge filed letters with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon as the first step in the formal open internet complaint process. The complaint is in relation to AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon’s practice of throttling wireless data subscribers with “unlimited” data plans, as well as T-Mobile’s practice of exempting speed test applications from throttling.

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House Passes Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Under Unanimous Consent

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This afternoon, the House passed S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, under unanimous consent. The bill allows consumers to "unlock" their cell phones so they can take a phone with them from one service provider to another. The bill already passed in the Senate, and will now make its way to the President's desk for signing.

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