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Public Knowledge Responds to White House Proposal to Require FTC, FCC to Monitor Speech on Social Media

August 9, 2019 digital platforms , FCC , Free Speech , FTC , Section 230

Today, reports surfaced that the Trump Administration is drafting an Executive Order that would require the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to monitor speech on social media platforms. Reports indicate that the draft order calls for the FCC to develop new regulations detailing how and when the law shields social media companies when they remove content from their platforms. Public Knowledge finds this Administration’s potential abandonment of free speech and agency independence alarming.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Hyp3r Scraping Instagram User Data Without Consent

August 8, 2019 Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , digital platforms , Hyp3r , Instagram

Today, reports surfaced that a Facebook third-party marketing partner, Hyp3r, collected public Instagram user data that was intended to disappear after 24 hours over the course of a year. This data includes records of Instagram users’ geolocation, personal bios, followers, metadata, and photos.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Sen. Klobuchar for Bill Enhancing FTC, DOJ Antitrust Fines

August 2, 2019 Competition Policy , DOJ , FTC

Recently, Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the “Monopolization Deterrence Act of 2019.” The bill would enable the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to seek civil monetary penalties against individuals and corporations that engage in anticompetitive behavior such as favoring their own services over a competitor’s service.

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Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Vote to Preempt Local Regulation of Broadband

August 1, 2019 cable franchising , Copyright , FCC

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Third Report and Order to enforce cable franchising laws by preempting state and local authorities. Public Knowledge finds the FCC’s move to prevent states from regulating broadband — a service the agency refuses to regulate itself — both baffling as policy and defective as a matter of law.

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Public Knowledge Finds FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Insufficient to End Digital Divide

August 1, 2019 Broadband , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , USF

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a $20.4 billion rural broadband investment fund, “The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund,” (RDOF) to help close the digital divide. According to the FCC, the fund will “provide funding through a reverse auction to broadband service providers that deploy infrastructure that provides up to gigabit-speed broadband” in rural America.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments Urging FCC to Drop USF Cap Proposal

July 31, 2019 Broadband , Digital Divide , FCC , USF

This week, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to consider implementing a cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF).

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Capital One Data Breach Reinforces Need for Strong Consumer Privacy Protections

July 30, 2019 Capital One , consumer protections , Cybersecurity , Data Breach , Equifax

Today, Capital One — a popular bank and credit card company — announced that an “outside individual” with “unauthorized access” had obtained the personal information of about 106 million customers who had applied for its credit card products.

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DOJ’s Proposed T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Remedy Puts Consumers, Competition at Risk, State AGs Should Continue Litigation

July 26, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , DOJ , Mergers , SprintT-Mobile

After more than a year of review, the Department of Justice announced today that it has approved the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger, 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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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bill to Promote Competition, Lower Prices in Video Marketplace

July 26, 2019 Copyright Reform , Retransmission Consent , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) introduced the “Modern Television Act” to promote competition and lower prices in the video marketplace by promoting privately-negotiated copyright.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Facebook Announcement of FTC Investigation

July 24, 2019 Antitrust Law , Competition Policy , Facebook , FTC

Today, Facebook confirmed during its Q2 earnings call and in its quarterly report that the Federal Trade Commission notified the company in June that the agency has opened an antitrust investigation into Facebook. An FTC investigation means there is particular conduct by the company that the agency is interested in, and that the agency is examining that conduct to determine if it violates antitrust law.

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