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Public Knowledge Applauds Appointment of Rebecca Slaughter as Acting FTC Chair to Promote Competition

January 21, 2021 Antitrust , Big Tech , Consumer Privacy , FTC , Online Privacy , Platform Competition , Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Senior Advisor Gene Kimmelman Resigns from Public Knowledge to Join Justice Department

January 21, 2021 Public Knowledge

Today, Public Knowledge Senior Advisor Gene Kimmelman announced his resignation in order to serve as Senior Counselor for President Joe Biden’s Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice. This will be a limited duration position.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Use 12 GHz Band to Close Digital Divide

January 13, 2021 12 GHz , Digital Divide , Rural Access , Wi-Fi

Last night, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could potentially leverage spectrum sharing technology to help close the digital divide.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Policy Fellow

January 13, 2021 fellowship , Gene Kimmelman Fellowship Fund , Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge welcomes Montana Williams, Policy Fellow, to our team to focus on expanding broadband access, protecting free expression online, increasing platform competition, and creating fair intellectual property policy.

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FCC Chairman Pai Moves to Leverage 12 GHz Band to Close Digital Divide

December 29, 2020 12 GHz , 5G , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Wireless , wireless broadband

Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could potentially leverage spectrum sharing technology to help close the digital divide. Adding the 12 GHz band to the agency’s “5G FAST Plan” would make an additional 500 MHz of contiguous spectrum available for two-way fixed and mobile 5G wireless broadband services, while protecting incumbent satellite uses (including satellite broadband) from harmful interference.

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC Media Ownership Repeal in Supreme Court Amicus Brief

December 23, 2020 amicus brief , FCC , Litigation , Media Consolidation , Media Diversity , Media Ownership , Prometheus Radio Project , Spectrum

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Prometheus Radio Project and other opponents of the Federal Communication Commission’s 2017 Order eliminating most of the broadcast ownership rules.

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New Bipartisan COVID Stimulus Package Includes Support for Local Journalism

December 22, 2020 Disinformation , Legislation , Local Journalism , misinformation

Thanks in part to the efforts of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the coronavirus relief bill includes a provision that will make thousands of local journalism outlets newly eligible for emergency federal support under the Paycheck Protection Program.

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Public Knowledge Raises Significant Concerns with DMCA 2.0 Digital Copyright Act Discussion Draft

December 22, 2020 Copyright , Copyright Reform , DMCA , Notice and Takedown

Today, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a discussion draft of a bill that would “update” the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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Public Knowledge Condemns Passage of CASE Act in Funding Bill

December 21, 2020 CASE Act , Congress , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Legislation , Small Claims

Today Congress passed a $1.4 trillion government funding bill that included the CASE Act as a last-minute addition.

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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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