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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Enhance Broadband DATA Act to Better Connect All Americans

November 14, 2019 Broadband Access , Broadband Deployment , broadband mapping , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Rural Access , Rural Broadband Access , Rural Digital Divide

Today, the House Energy & Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee marked up the “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (Broadband DATA Act).” The bill would improve broadband mapping data accuracy at the Federal Communications Commission. Public Knowledge supports requiring the FCC to collect more granular data to generate more accurate and detailed broadband maps.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Enhance 911 Location Accuracy While Protecting Consumer Privacy

November 13, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , E911 , FCC , geolocation , Z-axis

This week, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it would vote on a Fifth Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to adopt a vertical, or “Z-axis,” metric to enhance location accuracy for wireless E911 calls. This feature would make it easier for First Responders to locate all Americans who call for help — no matter where they are

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Television Viewer Protection Act to Protect Consumers

November 13, 2019 consumer protections , satellite TV , STELAR , Video Marketplace

Yesterday, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced the “Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019” to prevent consumers from experiencing blackouts and runaway price increases for video content.

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Harold Feld to Testify Before Small Business Committee On Big Tech’s Impact on Small Business

November 13, 2019 Digital Platform Act , digital platforms , Online Platforms , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Small Businesses

Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. His testimony in the hearing on “A Fair Playing Field? Investigating Big Tech’s Impact on Small Business” will urge Congress to set necessary safeguards that balance providing a stable and competitive environment for small businesses with preserving the valuable features of digital platforms for consumers.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes STAR Act to Protect Satellite TV Subscribers

November 6, 2019 consumer choice , consumer protections , satellite TV , STAR Act , STELAR , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the “Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2019 (STAR Act)” to enable satellite TV subscribers to access broadcast stations to view news, sports, and programming at a fair and competitive price.

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FCC Formally Approves T-Mobile/Sprint Merger. Deal Likely to Harm Consumers, Competition

November 5, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , consumer choice , Mergers , Sprint/T-Mobile , Wireless Competition , wireless network

Today, the Federal Communications Commission released its Order formally approving the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Comprehensive Privacy Bill to Protect Consumers

November 5, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , notice and choice , Online Privacy

Today, Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the “Online Privacy Act of 2019” to create comprehensive privacy protections for consumers.

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Phillip Berenbroick to Testify Before House Energy & Commerce Committee On Repurposing the C-Band to Benefit All Americans

October 28, 2019 C-band , Digital Divide , next-gen wireless , Rural Broadband Access , Spectrum , Spectrum Auction

Public Knowledge Policy Director Phillip Berenbroick will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce Tuesday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Repurposing the C-Band to Benefit All Americans” will urge Congress to ensure the public airwaves in the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz range (the “C-Band”) benefit the public interest. […]

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Public Interest Groups Urge Congress to Support the News Without Antitrust Exemptions

October 25, 2019 antitrust exemptions , Antitrust Law , Competition , digital platforms , Future of News , journalism , Media Diversity

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter urging Congress to protect and promote a free press without exempting news companies from antitrust laws. Public Knowledge argues that this exemption would just lead to self-interested bargaining between large news companies and digital platforms — leaving consumers and citizens out.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bipartisan Bill to Speed Deployment of Next-Generation Wireless Networks

October 24, 2019 C-band , next-gen wireless , Spectrum , Spectrum Auction , wireless network

Today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA), Bill Johnson (R-OH), and Greg Gianforte (R-MT), introduced the C-BAND Act to speed deployment of next-generation wireless networks.

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