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Public Knowledge Applauds Congress for Championing Broadband Subsidies in Stimulus Package

December 21, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband , broadband subsidy , coronavirus , Covid-19 , COVID19 , omnibus , Tribal Broadband

Today, a bipartisan, bicameral package for COVID-19 relief was introduced. Among other provisions, the relief bill helps Americans access broadband — or stay connected — during the pandemic.

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Public Knowledge Applauds State Attorneys General Bipartisan Suit Against Google

December 17, 2020 Digital Platform , Google , lawsuit , Platform Competition , search market

Today, a group of 38 bipartisan attorneys general, led by Colorado and Nebraska, filed an antitrust suit against Google alleging the company stifled competitors that might have challenged the company’s dominance in the search market. Public Knowledge has advocated for scrutiny of Google’s anticompetitive conduct in both search and advertising technology. 

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State Attorneys General Antitrust Suit Against Google Marks Step Forward in Promoting Competition

December 16, 2020 ad technology , advertising , Antitrust , Antitrust Law , digital platforms , Google , lawsuit , Platform Competition

Today, 10 state attorneys general, led by Texas, filed an antitrust suit against Google alleging that the company abused its power over key advertising technology tools. Public Knowledge has advocated for scrutiny of Google’s self-preferencing and denying access to key advertising data and advertising inventory as a way to prevent competitors from going head to head with Google in the market. 

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Public Knowledge Praises European Commission Action Promoting Fair and Open Digital Markets

December 15, 2020 Big Tech , digital markets act , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition

Today, the European Commission announced a new regulatory package to rein in Big Tech: the Digital Markets Act. This proposed law represents an important step forward in the global fight to rein in the power of Big Tech. 

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Public Knowledge Applauds FTC for Reviewing Big Tech’s Data Practices

December 14, 2020 6(b) study , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , Data , digital platforms , FTC , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has ordered nine social media and video streaming companies to detail how these tech companies collect, use, and present personal data; how they use that data to advertise; and how they measure user engagement. This appears to be part of a 6(b) study Chairman Simons previewed in March 2019. Public Knowledge previously urged the FTC to conduct such a study and commends the move to shine a light on the competitive impacts of these data practices.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Senator Tillis’ “Felony Streaming” Copyright Proposal

December 10, 2020 Copyright , Felony Streaming , Legislation

Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a draft of a “felony streaming” provision that he has proposed for inclusion in the Continuing Resolution must-pass government spending bill.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Begin Transition to Next Generation Television

December 10, 2020 ATSC 3.0 , ATSC Transition , DTV Transition , FCC , Spectrum

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order that modifies existing regulations to encourage adoption of ATSC 3.0, a new Broadcast Television Standard.

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FTC, State AG Antitrust Suits Against Facebook Mark Next Step Towards Competition

December 9, 2020 Competition Policy , digital platforms , Facebook , FTC , lawsuit , Platform Competition

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and 48 state attorneys general filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. The suits focus on how Facebook has bought out competitors and potential competitors to stifle competition, as well as how Facebook has withheld access to its network anticompetitively. The suits follow three years of Public Knowledge advocacy on the competition challenges posed by dominant digital platforms like Facebook, including most recently our letters urging the FTC, Department of Justice, and state attorneys general to review Facebook’s conduct for anticompetitive behavior.

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Public Knowledge Urges Quick Confirmation of Fifth FCC Commissioner to Protect Consumers

December 8, 2020 Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , FCC , network resiliency

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Nathan Simington to the Federal Communications Commission effectively deadlocking the agency until the Senate confirms a candidate for the fifth seat on the commission.

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Public Knowledge Joins 39 Groups Urging Congress to Include Broadband Subsidy in Stimulus Bills

December 8, 2020 Broadband Access , broadband subsidy , coronavirus , Covid-19 , Digital Divide , Rural Access , stimulus

Today, Public Knowledge joins 39 other public interest, government, civil rights, labor, higher education, and rural advocacy groups in a letter urging Congress to offer a federal broadband subsidy in forthcoming COVID-19 stimulus packages.

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