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Public Knowledge Applauds New UK Digital Regulator Coming Next Year

November 30, 2020 Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , UK CMA

Over the weekend, the UK government announced that a new “Digital Markets Unit” (DMU) will be established within the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to regulate tech giants in online advertising.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Bill Amendment Extending Tribal Window for Broadband Access

November 18, 2020 2.5 GHz , Broadband , Broadband Access , FCC , Legislation , Spectrum

Today the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs amended S. 3264, the Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Reclaiming Spectrum to Help Close Digital Divide

November 18, 2020 Broadband Access , Digital Divide , DSRC , FCC , Rural Broadband , Spectrum

Today, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously adopted an Order reclaiming the 45 MHz spectrum band from the auto industry in order to help close the digital divide.

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FCC Adopts Speed Increase and Extends COVID-19 Waivers for Lifeline Recipients

November 17, 2020 Affordability , Broadband Access , FCC , Lifeline

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission increased the minimum service standards for Lifeline recipients from 3 GB to 4.5 GB per month.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes European Commission Antitrust Charges Against Amazon’s Data Misuse

November 10, 2020 Amazon , Antitrust , CPNI , digital platforms , European Commission , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation

Today, the European Commission filed antitrust charges against Amazon for competing unfairly with sellers on its marketplace. The Commission has also opened a second formal antitrust investigation into the company’s “possible preferential treatment” of its own retail offers and sellers that use Amazon’s logistics and delivery services. The move follows reports of Amazon using third-party seller data to develop competing products, as well as the Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Google.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Move to Reclaim Spectrum to Connect Rural America

October 27, 2020 5.9GHz band , Digital Divide , FCC

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he will circulate a draft Order to reclaim 45 MHz from the auto industry to help close the digital divide.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Boost Rural Broadband Spectrum

October 27, 2020 Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Broadband , Rural Broadband Access , tv white spaces , TVWS , Unlicensed Spectrum , Wireless

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order to help close the digital divide by allowing devices that use unlicensed spectrum to provide better broadband coverage in rural and unserved areas.

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Public Knowledge Condemns Latest FCC Move to Abandon Consumers

October 27, 2020 Broadband , FCC , mozilla v fcc , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve an Order on Remand that would reaffirm the agency’s 2017 net neutrality repeal. The vote is a response to a 2019 remand by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Mozilla v. FCC ordering the agency to address how its net neutrality repeal could harm public safety, pole attachments, and even the Lifeline program.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Antitrust Suit Against Google

October 20, 2020 anticompetitive practices , Antitrust , Department of Justice , DOJ , Google , lawsuit

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. The suit focuses on how Google has monopolized the search engine market as well as the market for general search advertising. The suit comes after our recent letters urging the Justice Department to review Google’s conduct for anticompetitive behavior in the search and advertising technology markets.

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Public Knowledge Criticizes FCC Chairman Pai’s Claimed Authority to Rewrite Section 230

October 15, 2020 Agency Authority , FCC , Net Neutrality , Section 230

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intent to interpret Section 230 of the Communications Act through a rulemaking. The FCC’s announcement follows a petition by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for the agency to move forward on such a rulemaking, as well as the Justice Department’s recent recommendations for amending Section 230.

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