Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing results of the broadcast incentive auction. This first-in-the-world incentive auction allowed telecommunications providers to bid on spectrum licenses owned by broadcasters. Broadcasters voluntarily participated to relinquish airwaves for mobile use in exchange for a portion of the winning bids.
Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen co-wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post entitled “No, Republicans didn’t just strip away your Internet privacy rights.” The team at Public Knowledge was troubled by the misinformation laid out in this op-ed. Issues like broadband privacy and net neutrality have serious long-term consequences, so we felt it was important to correct the record.
In light of the lawsuit between Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. vs. Marvin Gaye regarding whether “Blurred Lines” infringes the copyrights to “Got to Give It Up,” Meredith Whipple interviews Charles Duan as he takes us through music history to demonstrate common patterns in songs, why these exist, and how that’s a good thing for music.
Tired of skyrocketing cable bills and paying for an old set-top box you don’t need? The FCC has a plan to help consumers save $231 dollars a year and bring more competition. 84 percent of consumers say cable prices are too high, and the FCC’s #UnlockTheBox plan offers them real relief.
Today, eight rural advocacy organizations filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission in support of Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to open up the set-top box market for consumers. The letter emphasizes the importance of competition and choice from cable and satellite providers for rural communities, which often have limited access to to over-the-air broadcasters and broadband access.
Dallas Harris and John Gasparini, Public Knowledge's George Washington University Policy Fellows, reflect on their experiences from the first year of their fellowships. Learn more at publicknowledge.org/fellowship.
We're back from our summer break! Dallas Harris returns to the podcast to discuss plans by the auto industry plans to use spectrum for Dedicated Short Range Communication between cars, what this means for public safety, and what we expect from the FCC.
Members of Congress adding unnecessary policy language or amendments, known as “riders,” to government appropriations bills is nothing new; it is a well-known tactic for getting controversial policies passed. Appropriations bills provide funding to government agencies, so they must be passed by Congress in order to keep everything moving. Some members of Congress use this as a loophole to try to sneak in language or amendments that will hurt existing policies and agencies.
Raza Panjwani, copyright law expert at PK and the podcast guest who has received the most fan mail, returns to PKitK to tell Meredith Whipple everything there is to know and more about the 12-year Google Books lawsuit, in light of the recent Supreme Court rejection.
Courtney Duffy and Meredith Whipple can barely contain their excitement about the 5th annual 3D/DC conference and exhibition. The nation's premiere 3D printing event is only two weeks away. Courtney, the Fractured Atlas Arts and Technology Fellow and Public Knowledge, is organizing 3D/DC this year, and gives listeners a preview of what public policy hot topics will be the focus of #3DDC2016.
The “special access” market has been a significant focus for Tom Wheeler since he became Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission nearly three years ago. But it is by no means a new issue for the FCC agenda.
Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he is circulating a proposal to protect consumers’ data from unauthorized uses by Internet Service Providers. The proposal will be be considered by the Commission during its March 31st meeting. Chairman Wheeler also released a fact sheet outlining the basics of his proposal, and the need for strong consumer protection.
PK Vice President of Government Affairs Chris Lewis joins Meredith Whipple to talk about the #UnlockTheBox campaign and what we can expect ahead for the set-top box marketplace from the Federal Communications Commission.
One year ago today, the Federal Communications Commission enacted the strongest net neutrality rules in history. It was a day of celebration in the Internet policy community, after a daunting year of fighting against big Internet Service Providers like Verizon and Comcast that took advantage of a court’s decision to rule against the net neutrality rules we had at that time.
Meredith Rose returns to the podcast to address the enormous response to her blog post, "Cosplay Goes to the Supreme Court," and gives PKitK host Meredith Whipple more details about Star Athletica and Varsity Brands taking their case to the Supreme Court.
One of our top issues we tackled in 2015 was reforming Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). To recap, Section 1201 makes it illegal to break digital locks in order to access copyrighted works (like the movie on a DVD or software in a device), even for legitimate purposes. Every three years, public interest groups spend time and money petitioning the Copyright Office to exempt certain uses and technologies from this law. The Library of Congress released the most recent decisions for this triennial process in October 2015. One example that affects many people that we have yet to touch on is vehicle use. You may not have thought about how copyright law regulates your car. However, cars are increasingly powered as much by software as they are by motors.
What do player piano rolls from 100 years ago have to do with modern streaming services? How do musicians get the rights to record a cover song? Why is Spotify getting sued? How is it different from AM/FM radio? What is the future of the music industry? Raza Panjwani answers all of Meredith Whipple's questions and more in this week's episode.
Public Knowledge is building a pipeline of advocates through its Fellowship Program. Learn more from our Fellows and Fellowship Coordinators in this video, and go to publicknowledge.org/give to support the program.
Meredith Filak Rose joins Meredith Whipple to discuss how the proposed Charter/Time Warner Cable merger with impact broadband consumers and competition and how it fits in to this year's "merger mania." She also chats about a new lawsuit involving World of Warcraft.
Today, a group of 11 companies and organizations sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, supporting a bill that will prevent form contracts from restricting consumers' rights to speak freely online.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to issue a proposed fine of $718,000 against M.C. Dean, Inc. for deliberately blocking visitors to the Baltimore Convention Center from using their own Wi-Fi hotspots.
This afternoon, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus curiae brief in the Apple v. Samsung litigation before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In that case, Samsung is asking the Federal Circuit to reconsider its decision authorizing an injunction prohibiting the sales of certain Samsung cell phones.
On today's podcast, Sherwin Siy and Kerry Sheehan explain last week's Section 1201 decisions on digital lock exemptions from the Library of Congress, and what this means for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Over the past four weeks, we have featured a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. In our final post of the series below, Meredith Whipple explains what communities need to know about their new networks, why this is important, and what the FCC did about it this month.
Over the coming weeks, we will feature a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. In our fourth post below, Meredith Whipple explains what needs to be done to make sure that during the tech transitions, the new services are adequate substitutes for the old services they are replacing.
Thanks to recent antitrust enforcement and communications regulation, consumers continue to reap the benefits of exploding Internet entertainment, as well as educational and business opportunities. By facing down the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner, and by establishing strong net neutrality rules, the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission have protected Internet users from discrimination and promoted broadband innovations that are critical to our democracy and essential to freedom of expression.
After the leak of FCC Chairman Wheeler's plan for net neutrality last week, it was apparent that the excitement also brought with it a lot of confusion. Public Knowledge decided to host a Ask Me Anything forum (AMA) on Reddit to try and help alleviate any confusion. We told people to ask us anything they were curious about - even such divisive questions such as dog's or cats - and we promised to do our best to answer. PK experts John Bergmayer, Edyael Casaperalta, Kate Forscey, Jodie Griffin, Chris Lewis, Sherwin Siy, and Michael Weinberg answered a wide range of questions from Redditors.
This week, Public Knowledge and 16 other organizations sent a letter to the FCC Commissioners urging them to consider and resolve privacy concerns when they vote on “E911” wireless location accuracy later this month.
Today, advocates, nonprofits, companies, and people just like you are taking part in a day of action to demonstrate what the Internet might look like if the Federal Communications Commission does not implement meaningful net neutrality rules. Websites like Netflix, Etsy, Wordpress, Fourquare, and Vimeo are displaying a continuous site-loading icon as part of Internet Slowdown Day, in order to protest any rules that would create Internet fast lanes.
Many interesting data visualizations have been published since the FCC released the data from the 1.1 million net neutrality comments they received. The release of the machine-readable bulk data file from the Open Internet docket allows journalists, researchers, and others to analyze the data and offer a clearer understanding of public opinion on net neutrality.
Tomorrow, Harold Feld, Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, part of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The hearing is titled “The Anti-Spoofing Act, The LPTV and TV Translator Act, and the E-LABEL Act.”
Public Knowledge has joined ten other organizations in support of a set
of existing guidelines for
releasing public government data in the United States, entitled “Open
Government Data: Best-Practices Language for Making Data ‘License-Free’”.
The guidelines were first published in August 2013 and a new and
improved version was released today. The document states:
is essential that U.S. federal government agencies have the tools to preserve
the United States’ long legal tradition of ensuring that public information
created by the federal government is exempt from U.S. copyright and remains free
for everyone to use without restriction.
Data that has no restrictions on reuse is referred to as “license-free”.
License-free government data promotes both a transparent democracy and
entrepreneurial innovation. For instance, license-free data can be accessed,
analyzed, visualized, and shared by academics, journalists, businesspersons,