Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute at New America will host a panel on broadband privacy February 17 from 10 to 11 a.m at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The panel, “Preserving Broadband Network Privacy,” will discuss what potential privacy protections might look like if the Federal Communications Commission were to step forward and apply them to broadband today. The panel will also present recent writings on the topic, including a paper from Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld.
Today, the House Energy and Commerce Communications subcommittee voted 15-11 to approve the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act (H.R. 2666) without amendments. This bill, introduced by Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating broadband Internet access rates “without regard to any other provision of law,” namely the 2015 Open Internet Order. Public Knowledge continues to defend Net Neutrality and the FCC’s authority to protect consumers from overcharges and carrier abuse such as price gouging and data caps.
Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Varsity Brands v. Star Athletica before the Supreme Court of the United States. The International Costumers’ Guild and the Royal Manticoran Navy, two popular costuming organizations, joined Public Knowledge in this brief urging the Supreme Court to consider the rights of hobbyists and consumers potentially affected by this case.
Public Knowledge will host a briefing on video competition and independent programming February 5 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The briefing, “Unlocking Diversity and Consumer Choice in the Video Marketplace,” will discuss two items from the Federal Communications Commission’s February agenda: one that would create a competitive marketplace for consumer choice on video devices, and another that seeks to examine the systemic problems content creators face in gaining viewership in a world where Big Cable serves as the content gatekeeper.
Today, Consumer Federation of America and Public Knowledge sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to begin a rulemaking proceeding to reform the video set-top box market.