Entries Matching: Network Open Access

PK In The Know Podcast: Regulating Networks and a Creators’ Freedom Project Update


On this week's podcast we consider how to think about regulating networks, opportunities for boutique ISPs, and get an update on the Creators' Freedom Project.

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Public Knowledge Questions Google-Verizon Dispute Over ‘Wallet’ Application

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


“It is unfortunate that the Federal Communications Commission chose to give wireless Internet access a second-class status to becoming an open network.

“Today’s dispute between Google and Verizon is just the type of situation that likely would not happen if it were clear that a firm ‘no discrimination’ standard were in effect for wireless services.

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PK In the Know Podcast


On today's podcast we update the status of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, walk through the intricacies of politicians licensing music for their campaigns, talk about IP protection surrounding attempts to 3D print a cube from the movie Super 8, and mark the death and life of social networks.  We also discuss the decision of civil society organizations to pull out of international open internet discussions at OECD and consider the ramifications of this week's Supreme Court ruling on minors' access to violent video games.

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Zipcar Co-Founder Robin Chase Endorses Strong Net Neutrality

Robin Chase, the co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, will testify tomorrow that an open Internet was necessary to the founding of the highly successful company.  In her oral statement, Chase will tell the House Communications Subcommittee:  “Without an open Internet, Zipcar simply would not exist.”

If anything, the rules the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved last December should be stronger, in order to encourage innovation and job creation, according to Chase’s statement:  “Indeed, I think the FCC's rules actually did not go far enough, especially with respect to wireless: The idea that different rules should apply, and that my experience of the Internet would be different depending on whether I was sitting at my desk at home connected, or on a park bench accessing those pages wirelessly is nonsense. And it dramatically complicates life for innovators and entrepreneurs.”

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Yes, MR. CHAIRMAN, there is a Santa Claus

The time between Thanksgiving and the end of December is all about one thing – anticipation.  (Cue Carly if you wish).  Through December, there’s only one topic on everyone’s minds.  It can’t be helped.  The familiar themes float through the consciousness.  If only that day would come, wishes that were born a year ago will be fulfilled.  Sigh.

Oh, wait.  You thought I was talking about Christmas?  Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Ha.  No, we’re talking about the Dec. 21 meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting at which the Commission is expected to proceed with some sort of open Internet rule.

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