Entries Matching: Broadband Authority

Not-So-Hidden Agendas Threaten the ITU “Kumbaya” Moment

One of the things that has drawn Public Knowledge to be an active participant in the effort to ensure that the United Nations doesn’t become an Internet regulatory or governance body is the fact that nearly every civil society group, policymaker and industry representative is on the same page.  

As I have said previously, it is one of those very rare “kumbaya” moments in communications policy debates where there is consensus - when the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) meets at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai this December, its jurisdiction should not expand to encompass Internet policymaking.

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What Do You Mean The “End of the Phone System?” I Gotta Call Home for Father’s Day!


A few weeks ago I went to a fascinating gathering of a few dozen academics, policy wonks, and others from the U.S.  and elsewhere to talk about the end of the phone system. While by no means a unanimous consensus, a very solid majority considered the phone system obsolete and ready for the scrap heap. This will come as a surprise to those of you who called home on Mother’s Day or who thanked God for a call center number when your broadband connection went down. But in fact, most of you are probably not using a phone service but a “phone service,” so we are half-way to shutting down the actual phone system anyway.

What is the PSTN and Why Should Anyone Care if We End It?

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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC Action On VoIP Reporting

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today extended mandatory reporting of network outages to service provided by Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.

The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

“We are pleased the FCC has extended outage reporting requirements to VoIP.  As the Commission recognized, this reporting must be mandatory in order to collect the necessary data to analyze the outages.  At the same time, we are disappointed that this data, as with other reported outage information, will not be made public.

“As we said in our comments filed with the Open Technology Initiative last fall, the reporting burden will be minimal on VoIP providers.

“We will continue to monitor the issue of voluntary outage reporting by broadband service providers given the uncertain status of the FCC authority over broadband service.”


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Public Knowledge Skeptical of FCC’s Universal Service Plan

 The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

 "We appreciate the effort and commitment the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dedicated to tackling the universal service system, which is in need of serious reform.  We also appreciate that the Commission recognizes the importance of non-traditional broadband providers, such as community-based institutions, and will seek comment on how to enhance the ability of these entities to serve their local communities.

"At the same time, however, we share the concerns of other consumer organizations that the Commission's actions will lead to higher prices at a time when the average American is watching every penny. We hope that the mechanisms adopted by the Commission to prevent this prove adequate, and that this and future Commissions will have the political will to address problems that may arise.

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