Entries Matching: Net Neutrality

How Chairman Pai’s Move to Control Your Text Messages Could Bring More Consumer Protections Tumbling Down

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In my last post, I addressed how Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai isn’t really preventing robocalls with his new draft Order to classify both SMS text messaging and short codes as Title I “information services.” Now I will discuss the potential consequences for such a maneuver, and why doing so could send consumer protections tumbling down.

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Chairman Pai Isn’t Stopping Robocalls—He’s Empowering Carriers to Block Your Text Messages

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In December 2007, Public Knowledge filed a Petition For Declaratory Ruling asking the Federal Communications Commission to clarify that both SMS text messaging and short codes are “Title II” telecommunications services. Put another way, we asked the FCC to reaffirm the basic statutory language that if you use telephones and the telephone network to send information from one telephone number to another, it meets the definition of “telecommunications service” (47 U.S.C. 153(53)).

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Public Knowledge Welcomes California Bill Restoring Net Neutrality Protections

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Tonight, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 822, a comprehensive Open Internet bill that will grant California residents the strongest net neutrality protections in the nation. Public Knowledge welcomes the bill and applauds California’s net neutrality activists for urging their state lawmakers to protect consumers over broadband providers.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes California Open Internet Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Protections

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Yesterday, the California State Assembly passed SB 822, a comprehensive Open Internet bill that will grant California residents the strongest net neutrality protections in the nation if it becomes law. The bipartisan bill passed 61-18 and will now return to the Senate before being sent to Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto. Public Knowledge welcomes the bill and applauds California’s net neutrality activists for urging their state lawmakers to protect consumers over broadband providers.

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