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!
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.
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.
Today, Public Knowledge submits a petition with over 1,000 signatures asking the Federal Communications Commission to implement its proposed rules to ensure 911 dispatchers know where callers are, even when they call from indoors using their cell phones.
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.”
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.
Public Knowledge recently wrote about a growing concern that 911 emergency services were having an alarming amount of difficulty locating callers who placed calls from indoors using mobile devices. This means that for many callers experiencing an emergency situation, help may not arrive on time.
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.
Today Public Knowledge and The Harry Potter Association submitted 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday Public Knowledge filed comments with the Department of Justice on the antitrust consent decrees governing the performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI. The consent decrees require ASCAP and BMI to issue reasonable licenses without discriminating between various companies and services.
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.
Today, Public Knowledge filed comments with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration urging the Obama Administration not to support any privacy legislation that would eliminate important legal protections for telecommunications metadata
Friday August 1, 2014 President Obama signs into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. 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 passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released preliminary finding on the impacts of data caps to users and innovation, in response to Representative Eshoo's request in May 2013 for further information.
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.
Today, Sherwin Siy, Vice President of Legal Affairs at Public Knowledge, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The title of the hearing is "Copyright Remedies."
Last night, the Senate 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.