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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Use California Wildfire Field Hearing to Launch New Rulemaking to Protect Networks During Disasters

February 28, 2020 California , disaster recovery , FCC , natural disasters , Network Reliability , Tech Transition , wildfires

Today, reports indicate that the Federal Communications Commission will hold a field hearing in California to discuss how last year’s wildfires affected communications networks in the state. The news follows House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) recent letter urging the agency to hold such a hearing.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Provide Network Reliability, Resiliency Information to Consumers

February 28, 2020 FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to provide state and federal agencies with read-only access to communications outage data for public safety purposes. Public Knowledge commends the FCC for sharing this data with federal and state governments, but urges the agency to also provide this information to the public.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Bolster C-band Auction by Promoting Competition in 5G and Allowing Rural Spectrum Sharing

February 28, 2020 5G , Spectrum , Spectrum Auction

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order and Order of Proposed Modification that would reform the use of the C-band (3.7-3.98 GHz) to support the deployment of 5G.

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FCC Fine of Carriers’ Egregious and Repeated Privacy Law Violations Too Little, Too Late. Congress, FCC Must Do Better.

February 28, 2020 Consumer Privacy , FCC , geolocation

Today, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a Notice of Apparent Liability against AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon to pay $200 million for selling customer location data without customer consent.

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Public Knowledge Bolsters Advocacy and Policy Teams to Strengthen Privacy, Platform Accountability

February 21, 2020 Public Knowledge , Staff

Public Knowledge is pleased to announce three additions and one change to our team. First, Public Knowledge welcomes Sara Collins, Policy Counsel; Alex Petros, Policy Counsel; and Lisa Macpherson, Senior Policy Fellow as new additions to our government affairs and policy teams. They will add depth and experience to our policy analysis and advocacy across the full breadth of issues Public Knowledge is leading on, including digital platform competition, privacy, and misinformation online.

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FCC Action on FCC Remand Fails to Take the Issues Seriously

February 19, 2020 FCC , mozilla v fcc , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued a bureau-level Public Notice to “refresh the record” on net neutrality as requested by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Mozilla v. FCC, when the court upheld most of the agency’s net neutrality repeal.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Examining Previous Big Tech Mergers

February 11, 2020 6(b) study , Competition , digital platforms , FTC

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would investigate prior acquisitions made by five large technology firms — including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft — to determine the “terms, scope, structure, and purpose” of transactions made between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2019 as part of a 6(b) study. 

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Public Knowledge Frustrated by T-Mobile/Sprint Decision; Government Must Act to Ensure Competition, Success of Remedies

February 11, 2020

Today, the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York issued its opinion allowing the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile to proceed, rejecting a suit brought by a coalition of state Attorneys General.

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Public Knowledge Responds to D.C. Circuit Refusal to Rehear Net Neutrality Case

February 6, 2020 FCC , mozilla v fcc , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied petitions for rehearing in Mozilla v. FCC filed by various parties, including Public Knowledge. In the Court’s recent opinion, it upheld in part the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order. Public Knowledge filed as a petitioner opposing the FCC’s abandonment of its own net neutrality rules. While the FCC’s classification decision was narrowly upheld, the court also ruled that the FCC cannot prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality laws or other broadband regulations. Public Knowledge asked the court to reconsider portions of its decision that sided with the FCC.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments, Consumer Letters Urging FCC to Support Broadband Competition

February 5, 2020 Broadband , Competition , consumer choice , FCC , unbundled network elements , UNEs

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Modernizing Unbundling and Resale Requirements in an Era of Next-Generation Networks and Services,” which proposes to roll back Unbundled Network Element (UNEs) rules that help small providers compete with incumbent monopolies. Public Knowledge opposes this, because doing so would reduce competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.

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