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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Reduce Inmate Calling Service Fees

August 6, 2020 FCC , inmate calling rates , inmate calling service providers , Prison Phones

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order on Remand and a Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The Report and Order asserts the FCC’s jurisdiction over “ancillary fees” and the FNPRM will propose to reduce rates and charges for inmate calling services within the Commission’s jurisdiction to ensure that inmate calling services are priced reasonably and fairly for consumers. Ancillary fees are charges not included in the per-minute rate for the call, such as an extra charge for billing a call to a third-party telephone number.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Announces 2020 IP3 Award Honorees

August 5, 2020 IP3 , IP3 Awards , Public Knowledge

Today, we are pleased to announce the winners of our 17th annual IP3 Awards. Public Knowledge hosts the IP3 Awards ceremony each year to honor those who have made significant contributions to technology and tech policy in the categories of Intellectual Property, Information Policy, and Internet Protocol. This year’s ceremony will be hosted online Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Public Knowledge Rebukes FCC for Ineffective Time Extension to Rural Tribal Priority Window

July 31, 2020 2.5ghz , FCC , Rural Broadband , Spectrum , Tribal Broadband

Today, in a blow to Tribal communities, the Federal Communications Commission extended the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window (TPW) by just 30 days. This amount of time is not nearly enough to help Tribes that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, have faced enormous obstacles in applying for the available spectrum during the […]

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Public Interest, Tribal Advocacy Groups Urge FCC to Extend 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window Deadline to Connect Tribes

July 23, 2020 2.5 GHz , 5G , coronavirus , Covid-19 , Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Broadband Access , Tribal Broadband , tribal priority window , Wireless Deployment , Wireless Infrastructure

Today, Public Knowledge joined nearly 50 public interest groups, tribal advocacy organizations, trade associations, and churches in a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window. The “Tribal Priority Window” allows tribes to apply to receive free spectrum licenses on the 2.5 GHz band — crucial for expanding 5G to Tribal lands. The groups urge the agency to extend the deadline to February 3, 2021 due to the significant impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on American Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian communities, and Alaska Native villages across the nation.

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Consumer and Tribal Groups File Motion Urging FCC to Extend 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window Deadline

July 22, 2020 5G , Digital Divide , Rural Broadband Access , Tribal Broadband , tribal priority window

Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined the National Congress of American Indians, AMERIND Risk, and the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association in filing an Emergency Motion for Stay of the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window with the Federal Communications Commission. The “Tribal Priority Window” allows tribes to apply to receive free spectrum licenses on the 2.5 GHz band — crucial for expanding 5G to Tribal lands. The groups urge the agency to extend the deadline to February 3, 2021.

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Public Knowledge Commends Rep. Matsui for Working to Strengthen Wireless Networks During Disasters

July 15, 2020 FCC , network resiliency , RESILIENT Networks Act

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up H. R. 5918, a bill introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) to direct the Federal Communications Commission to conduct field hearings and issue reports following major emergencies like natural disasters.

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Native American Tribal Groups Join Public Interest Groups Urging Congress to Extend Wireless Broadband Application Deadline for Tribes

July 8, 2020 2.5 GHz , Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , FCC , Rural Broadband Access , Wireless

Today, Public Knowledge joined 15 other public interest, rural, tribal, and consumer advocacy groups in a letter urging Congress to request the Federal Communications Commission extend the 2.5 GHz wireless broadband application deadline for American Indian tribes.

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New Public Knowledge Paper Urges Congress to Adopt Law Protecting Vendor Data from Digital Platforms

July 7, 2020 Antitrust , Competition Policy , CPNI , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, we’re happy to announce our newest white paper, “Mind Your Own Business: Protecting Proprietary Third-Party Information From Digital Platforms,” by Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld. The paper stems from a platform competition research project led by Public Knowledge and supported by Omidyar Network.

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Maine Court Decision Rules in Favor of State’s Law, Victory for Online Privacy

July 7, 2020 Broadband Privacy , Consumer Privacy , FCC , Litigation , Net Neutrality , Online Privacy , Privacy , State Legislation

Today, Judge Lance Walker in the U.S. District Court of Maine rejected arguments from ISPs that the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, and Congress’s disapproval of FCC broadband privacy rules, preempt states from asserting authority over broadband

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Changes to the EARN IT Act Need More Analysis to Be Better Considered

July 2, 2020 CDA , EARN IT Act , Legislation , Section 230

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up the “EARN IT Act.”

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