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Public Knowledge Commends Congress for Moving to Strengthen America’s Network

April 29, 2021 climate change , natural disasters , Network Resilency , network resiliency

Today, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the “Green Communications Act” to reduce communications outages during natural disasters and to provide funding to enhance resiliency in our communications networks that are needed as a consequence of climate change. 

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Pass Safe Connections Act to Protect Domestic Abuse Victims

April 28, 2021 domestic violence , Lifeline , Wireless

Today, the Senate Commerce Committee marked up the “Safe Connections Act,” a bill introduced to help survivors of domestic violence cut ties with their abusers and separate from shared wireless phone plans, which can be exploited to monitor, stalk, or control victims. Public Knowledge urges Congress to pass the bill to make it easier for survivors to escape abuse.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes New Policy Counsel Antoine Prince Albert III To Bolster Advocacy Efforts

April 22, 2021 Public Knowledge , Staff

Public Knowledge welcomes Antoine Prince Albert III, Policy Counsel, to our team to focus on digital platform governance, digital inclusion, free expression online, and net neutrality. He holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center as a Global Law Scholar, as well as a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in French from Morehouse College.

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Supreme Court Decision Decimates FTC’s Ability to Protect Consumers Through Restitution

April 22, 2021 AMG Capital Management , AMG Capital Management LLC v FTC , consumer protections , fines , FTC , restitution , Supreme Court

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of AMG Capital Management, LLC v. FTC. The court held that the Federal Trade Commission cannot seek restitution from bad actors to make consumers whole — without going through a broken administrative process, first. The decision effectively strips the FTC of its ability to compensate consumers harmed by companies and organizations that violate the agency’s rules.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Action To Save Lives by Enhancing 911 Service Outage Notifications

April 22, 2021 911 outages , E911 , FCC , Public Safety

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve the framework for reporting network disruptions that affect 911 service. This action should ensure that both call centers and consumers receive timely and useful notifications of 911 service disruptions. Public Knowledge supports the proposed rules to help save lives during 911 outages.

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Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Kathleen Burke to Testify Before Copyright Office Defending Consumers’ Right to Repair Gaming Consoles

April 19, 2021 Copyright , DMCA , Right to Repair , Section 1201 , Triennial Review , Video Games

Public Knowledge Policy Counsel Kathleen Burke will testify before the U.S. Copyright Office this Tuesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. Her testimony in the hearing on “Repairing Computer Programs” will argue for consumers’ right to repair their own video game consoles. The hearing is one of the Copyright Office’s “Section 1201 Public Hearings,” part of the triennial process for granting exemptions to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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Supreme Court Google v Oracle Decision a Fair Use Win for Consumers and Competition

April 5, 2021 API , Competition , Copyright , Fair Use , Google v Oracle

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Google v Oracle. In its 2019 brief, Public Knowledge urged the Supreme Court to hold that the Java API is uncopyrightable, in accordance with longstanding tradition, industry practice, and common sense. The Court ruled in favor of Google on fair use grounds, but declined to consider the question of copyrightability.

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Supreme Court Affirms FCC Authority to Revise Rules on Media Ownership Limits While Upholding Misguided Trump-Era Rules

April 1, 2021 broadcast , FCC , fcc v prometheus , Media Consolidation

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to craft rules related to consolidation of broadcast ownership in the case of FCC v Prometheus. This will not only allow further consolidation in the broadcast industry, but also harm diversity of ownership — particularly among women and people of color. 

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Public Knowledge Hails President Biden for $100 Billion Dollar Bid To Make Broadband Available and Affordable for All

March 31, 2021 Affordability , Affordable Broadband , Digital Divide , internet inequality , Municipal Broadband , Rural Broadband , Rural Digital Divide , Tribal Broadband

Today, President Joe Biden unveiled a massive infrastructure package that dedicates $100 billion to “bring[ing] affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband to every American.”

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PACT Act Would Shine Light on Platforms’ Content Moderation Decisions To Benefit Consumers

March 17, 2021 Content Moderation , digital platforms , principles , scorecard , Section 230

Today, Senators Brian Schatz (D-HA) and John Thune (R-S.D.) reintroduced the “Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency (PACT) Act” with the stated purpose of reforming Section 230 to “strengthen transparency in the process online platforms use to moderate content.” The bill seeks to achieve this by “hold[ing] those companies accountable for content that violates their own policies or is illegal.” 

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