For the first time in its history, HBO has gone dark during a dispute with a pay TV distributor: DISH Network. HBO is part of WarnerMedia, formerly Time Warner, which is now owned by AT&T, and which also owns DISH rival DirecTV.
Today, Public Knowledge, joined by Common Cause, Consumers Union, Open Markets Institute, and Writers Guild of America West, filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to deny the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint.
Tomorrow, Public Knowledge President and CEO Gene Kimmelman will join a Federal Trade Commission hearing on vertical mergers, and a second hearing on the consumer welfare standard in antitrust law. During the first hearing, Mr. Kimmelman will discuss Public Knowledge’s prior advocacy for strong enforcement in vertical merger reviews, and how the Vertical Merger Guidelines must be changed to be more effective in promoting competitive markets. During the second hearing, Mr. Kimmelman will discuss how courts and the antitrust enforcement agencies must do more within the existing consumer welfare standard, and that additional legislation will be needed to address important policy concerns outside of antitrust.
Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “The Inevitability of AI Law & Policy: Preparing Government for the Era of Autonomous Machines,” by Public Knowledge General Counsel Ryan Clough. The paper argues that the rapid and pervasive rise of artificial intelligence risks exploiting the most marginalized and vulnerable in our society. To mitigate these harms, Clough advocates for a new federal authority to help the U.S. government implement fair and equitable AI. Such an authority should provide the rest of the government with the expertise and experience needed to achieve five goals crucial to building ethical AI systems:
Public Knowledge will join a press briefing hosted by Communications Workers of America Wednesday, October 31 at 1 p.m. ET to outline opposition to the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger. Each participating organization submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission opposing the merger, including new filings to the FCC due October 31 responding to T-Mobile and Sprint’s latest claims and assertions.