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Public Knowledge Warns Proposed COVID-19 Data Privacy Bill Fails to Protect Americans’ Privacy

April 30, 2020 Consumer Privacy , coronavirus , Data Privacy , FCC , FTC , Online Privacy

Today, Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss), John Thune (R-SD), Jerry Moran (R-Kan), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) announced plans to introduce the “COVID-19 Consumer Data Protection Act” in an effort to protect Americans’ privacy during the pandemic. Public Knowledge finds that the proposed legislation fails to provide privacy protection for consumers and lacks enforcement teeth.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Congressional Support for Affordable Broadband

April 30, 2020 Affordable Access , Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , coronavirus , Digital Divide , internet inequality

Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), along with Representatives Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), announced support for a broadband program to help close the digital divide. The proposal follows yesterday’s letter from Public Knowledge and 217 other public interest and industry groups urging Congress to include affordable broadband in future coronavirus stimulus packages. Public Knowledge commends Congressional Democrats for championing affordable broadband access during a time when it’s needed most in every community.

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Public Knowledge Warns Justice Department of Potential Competition Harms from Google-Fitbit Merger

April 30, 2020 Competition , digital platforms , DOJ , Fitbit

Today, Public Knowledge and the Consumer Federation of America sent a letter urging U.S. Attorney General William Barr to carefully review Google parent company Alphabet’s proposed Fitbit acquisition due to potential harms to competition.

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More Than 200 Industry, Public Interest Groups Unite to Tell Congress that Americans Need Broadband During Pandemic

April 28, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband , Broadband Access , coronavirus

Today, Public Knowledge joined 217 other public interest, government, industry, civil rights, rural advocacy, and academic groups — alongside schools and libraries — in a letter urging Congress to support access to affordable broadband internet in forthcoming COVID-19 stimulus packages.

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Supreme Court Reaffirms Public’s Right to Access State Laws

April 27, 2020 amicus brief , Copyright , Copyright Act , Georgia v Public Resource , Supreme Court

Today, the United States Supreme Court determined that official annotations to state law are not eligible for copyright protection in the case of Georgia v. Public Resource.Org.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Block Platform Misuse of Retailer Data

April 24, 2020 Amazon , CPNI , Digital Platform Act , digital platforms

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to Congress urging that it bar digital platforms such as Amazon from misusing retailer data. In the letter, Public Knowledge highlights a policy solution that directly addresses the recent allegations against Amazon for misusing retailer data. A recent Wall Street Journal article alleged that Amazon product teams used proprietary information from independent vendors to develop competing products. In response, Public Knowledge urges Congress to impose strict limits on how dominant digital platforms can use information collected for the purpose of completing transactions.

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Public Knowledge Says Claims in FCC Broadband Deployment Report are ‘Simply Not True’

April 24, 2020 Broadband , Broadband Access , broadband report , coronavirus , Digital Divide , digital equity , FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission published its 2020 Broadband Deployment Report, claiming once again that America’s digital divide “continues to narrow.” Public Knowledge contends that this finding — based on inaccurate broadband mapping data — is small comfort for the millions of Americans enduring this pandemic without high-speed broadband access — or any internet access at all.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Update Mapping Data for 5G Rural America Fund

April 23, 2020 5G , 5G Fund for Rural America , FCC , Mapping

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would create a “5G Fund for Rural America,” committing up to $9 billion over the next decade to deploy 5G in rural areas. Public Knowledge supports funding 5G deployment but remains disappointed by the agency’s reluctance to base the funding on more accurate mapping data — especially since Congress just mandated the FCC to implement a new, more accurate mapping program. Public Knowledge looks forward to working with the FCC to make sure no Americans are left behind on the path to 5G.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC for Supporting Deployment of Next-Gen Wi-Fi and 5G

April 23, 2020 5G , 6 GHz , FCC , Wi-Fi 6 , WiFi

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that makes the 6 GHz band available for unlicensed spectrum use while protecting existing incumbents. Opening the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use enables the deployment of next-generation Wi-Fi, called Wi-Fi 6, as well as other important services necessary for effective 5G deployment.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Extend Carriage License Deadline to Protect Consumers

April 20, 2020 AT&T , DirecTV , STELAR

Today, AT&T asked Congress to extend the company’s carriage license deadline so that DirecTV customers living in rural America don’t lose access to network affiliate TV channels during the pandemic. Currently, the license is set to expire at the end of May because Congress only partially reauthorized the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELAR), jeopardizing Americans who rely on satellite TV service for news and entertainment. Public Knowledge urges Congress to protect consumers during this especially vulnerable time by extending the deadline.

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