Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Public Knowledge worked closely with the Federal Communications Commission and in the states to put regulations in place to prevent recurrence of the large scale, long term communications blackouts that followed the storm. Over the last two years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repealed these rules. Public Knowledge has challenged this deregulation in court.
Today, Public Knowledge joined 20 rural advocacy organizations, rural healthcare providers, rural network operators, and public interest advocates in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to preserve the existing Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) rules that enable small providers to offer service in rural areas.
Today, Public Knowledge, joined by Greenlining Institute, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), filed a petitioners’ brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit requesting the Court vacate the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 Technology Transitions Order, which rolled back consumer protections established in the agency’s 2015 Order.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Declaratory Ruling and Report and Order to effectively curtail the ability of state and local governments to exercise oversight of local rights of way and other public property when reviewing applications for wireless small cell deployments.
Today, Public Knowledge joins 17 rural, consumer, community media, tech rights, academic, and civil rights groups in launching Broadband Connects America, a coalition dedicated to ensuring all Americans have access to high-speed broadband.