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Public Knowledge & Consumers Petition Copyright Office for Right to Unlock Access to Their Own Stuff

Remember the hard-won battle for consumers’ right to unlock their own cell phones that concluded a few months ago? It lasted over a year and included 114,000 Americans signing a petition, support from the White House, and bipartisan action from both the House and the Senate. We did it, though, and as a result individuals now have the right to unlock phones they own so they can take those phones with them when they switch from one network to another. But that right could disappear next year, depending on how the Copyright Office rules once again in the triennial proceeding set forth under Section 1201 of the Copyright Act.

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Public Knowledge to FCC: A Million Comments Later, the Need for Reclassification is Clear

Today Public Knowledge filed reply comments in the net neutrality proceeding on behalf of ourselves and Benton Foundation. Our reply comments show how the initial comments (of which there were over a million!) supported our position that the Commission needs to reclassify internet as a Title II telecommunications service in order to protect the open internet. Here are the highlights of our filing:

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What to Take Away from the FCC Settlement with Verizon over CPNI

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon over the company’s misuse of its customers’ private information (“customer proprietary network information,” or “CPNI”) for internal marketing, which violated longstanding federal privacy rules.

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What the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act Means For You

This afternoon, President Obama signed 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.

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White House Highlights Need to Update Privacy Protections in Modern Communications Environment

In a report out yesterday, the White House calls for a critical update to a key electronic privacy law and notes that big data necessitates scrutiny of privacy protections in every sector.

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