Public Knowledge is very disappointed to see the conversations about net neutrality led by ISOC being misrepresented in The Hill. Like many stakeholders, Public Knowledge attended ISOC’s meetings, but eventually withdrew due to fundamental disagreement with its direction. It is clear that the final product values the perception of consensus over the substance of consumer protection.
Today, 10 state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, announced that they have filed a multi-state lawsuit to stop the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Plaintiffs include New York, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Today, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) requested the U.S. Senate hold a vote on the Save the Internet Act (S. 682). The Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. The bill would restore the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order and the agency’s net neutrality consumer protections, preventing broadband providers from blocking websites, throttling web traffic, or creating “fast lanes” only for those able to pay for prioritization.
Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law this Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Open Platforms and Market Power, Part 1: The Free and Diverse Press” will argue that it’s time to pair antitrust law with the right regulatory framework to promote competition among digital platforms.
Today, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced that it opened a review of its consent decrees with The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) -- the two most powerful organizations licensing music as well as the rights to publicly perform musical works.