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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Reject Package Bidding Proposal in CBRS PALS Auction

September 26, 2019 3.5GHz , CBRS , cellular market area (CMA) , Digital Divide , digital equity , FCC , PALs , Spectrum

Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a Public Notice proposing application and bidding procedures for the auction of Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the 3.5 GHz Band Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). Public Knowledge has long supported the innovative spectrum licensing framework adopted for the CBRS and urges that it should serve as a model […]

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Public Knowledge Applauds Rep. Takano for Bill Protecting Criminal Defendants

September 18, 2019 algorithms , artificial intelligence , criminal justice , due process , Intellectual Property

Yesterday, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) introduced the “Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2019” to ensure that criminal defendants can access the software source code and other data they need to properly defend themselves and exercise their due process rights.

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FCC Approval of Nexstar/Tribune is Bad for TV Viewers

September 16, 2019

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced it has approved the Nexstar-Tribune deal.

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Public Knowledge Finds CASE Act Falls Short

September 11, 2019 CASE Act , Copyright , Copyright Office , Legislation , Litigation , Small Claims

Last night, the House Judiciary Committee marked up Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ (D-NY) bill, “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019,” (H.R. 2426), to establish a new Copyright Claim Board within the United States Copyright Office.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Pass FAIR Act to Hold Companies Accountable

September 10, 2019 class action lawsuits , consumer choice , consumer protections , FAIR Act , Forced Arbitration , Press Release

Today, the House Judiciary Committee marked up Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) bill, “The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act,” (H.R. 1423) to allow consumers to engage in class action lawsuits. Public Knowledge urges Congress to pass the bill to enable consumers to engage in class action suits which are necessary for effective antitrust enforcement and consumer protection more broadly.

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Public Knowledge Supports Antitrust Investigations into Google and Facebook

September 9, 2019 Antitrust , Competition , Facebook , Google

Today, 50 states and territories announced they are opening an antitrust investigation into Google and its parent company, Alphabet. Alphabet also confirmed last week that it is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. Eight states and DC also announced last week that they are beginning an antitrust investigation into Facebook as well.

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Public Knowledge Bolsters Advocacy and Policy Teams to Protect Consumers

August 29, 2019 Broadband , Competition Policy , consumer choice , consumer protections , Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge is pleased to announce two additions and one change to our team. First, Public Knowledge welcomes Jenna Leventoff, Senior Policy Counsel, and Bertram Lee, Policy Counsel, as new additions to our government affairs and policy teams. They will add depth and experience to our policy analysis and advocacy across the full breadth of issues Public Knowledge is leading on, including free expression and content moderation, privacy, broadband deployment, and spectrum policy.

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Public Knowledge Urges Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to Overturn FCC’s Move to Widen Digital Divide

August 26, 2019 consumer protections , FCC , lawsuit , phone network , Tech Transitions

Public Knowledge will present oral arguments requesting repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s November 2017 Order, “Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment,” before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday, August 27.

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Public Knowledge Congratulates Archive of Our Own On Hugo Award for Best Related Work

August 19, 2019 AO3 , Copyright Reform , fandom , Hugo

Yesterday, the fanfiction platform Archive of Our Own won the Hugo Award for Best Related Work. The Hugo Awards are given for excellence in science fiction and fantasy, and are widely considered the most prestigious honor in the genre.

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FCC Move to Approve T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Premature, Additional Public Input Necessary

August 15, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , FCC , Sprint , T-Mobile

Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft order to approve the Sprint/T-Mobile merger. The move follows the Department of Justice’s approval of the deal, pending the divestiture of prepaid brands and customers, as well as several side agreements designed to accelerate Dish Network’s entry into the wireless market.

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