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USTA Supports Net Neutrality, Except When It Doesn’t

You may know that Public Knowledge recently intervened in support of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the net neutrality litigation. As more legal filings now start to arrive in that lawsuit, one filing called a Statement of Issues to Be Raised, from the US Telecom Association (USTA), sheds some light on what at least some ISPs really think about net neutrality.

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Transparency in Copyright: Needed Now More Than Ever

As many who follow technology policy and copyright probably already know, we are in the middle of several tremendously important policy debates in copyright law. The Library of Congress is considering proposals to allowing people to break digital locks for certain uses. The U.S. Trade Representative is negotiating a huge free trade agreement, including a copyright chapter, that may get “fast-track” approval from Congress. The Copyright Royalty Board continues to collect data and set rates for statutory licenses used by all sorts of companies that make and distribute music. And, of course, Congress has been conducting hearings and considering proposals for reforming our federal copyright law.

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Wireless Calls to 911 May Not Send Location Information

Recent reports about the prevalence of wireless-only households and difficulties giving location data to 911 centers from wireless calls highlight the importance of protecting the fundamental values of our network as we move to new technologies.

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More Is Not Always Better: Rethinking Copyright Length

In the U.S. the copyright’s extremely long term of protection threatens to thwart copyright’s goal of promoting the creation and use of new works. Once again, we are now seeing renewed debate about how long copyright should be.

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Network Transition Trials Can’t Be Conducted in Secrecy

Public Knowledge and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s claims of confidentiality over the timeline of its proposed transition trials and over information it has already disclosed to the press.

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