Today, Public Knowledge joined 19 other public interest, rural, Native American, and consumer groups in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to either issue a new Public Notice examining the classification of text messaging and short codes, or to classify both as Title II telecommunications services.
Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed comments with the Copyright Office in its rulemaking, as part of the recently passed Music Modernization Act, to establish a “safe harbor” protocol for non-commercial use of pre-1972 sound recordings. Public Knowledge encourages the Office to make this safe harbor process accessible to average Americans.
Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a Declaratory Ruling denying Public Knowledge’s outstanding Petition For Declaratory Ruling after Verizon temporarily blocked NARAL from sending mass text message alerts to its members on legislation impacting reproductive rights.
In an important decision today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that cable operators do not have a First Amendment right to engage in discriminatory business practices. In a time when the First Amendment is often “weaponized” to serve the business interests of large corporations instead of furthering free expression, this is a welcome decision. Public Knowledge filed a brief in this case, arguing for this outcome.