Today, Carolina Rossini, Public Knowledge’s Vice President for International Policy and Strategy, was named a 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, which honored 122 women and men under the age of 40 who are shaking up policy, society and the world around them. This five-year fellowship is given to brave, bold, action-oriented and entrepreneurial individuals committed to shaping a better future that promotes a peaceful and prosperous society. The World Economic Forum recognizes leaders from all fields, including business, arts and politics.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has settled an investigation into Verizon Wireless’s practice of inserting “supercookies” into customer mobile Internet traffic. These unique identifiers, or “UIDH,” are used to identify customers in order to deliver targeted advertisements. As a result of the FCC investigation, Verizon will now notify consumers about its advertising programs and will obtain opt-in consent from consumers before sharing supercookies with third parties.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, requesting comment on a proposal to allow pay TV customers to access programming on the devices and apps of their choice without having to rent a set-top box from their cable provider. Public Knowledge applauds the FCC for taking such a significant step toward breaking open the stranglehold pay TV giants have over consumers.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission passed an item that could benefit TV viewers by giving them increased access to diverse and independent programming. Public Knowledge applauds the Commission for voting to pass its video diversity Notice of Inquiry, which marks another step toward freeing consumers and programmers from the anti-competitive grip of pay TV giants.
Public Knowledge will host a press briefing Wednesday, February 17 at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to unlock the set-top box market. According to research by the Consumer Federation of America, cable subscribers are overpaying somewhere between $6 and $14 billion annually to rent cable boxes to watch TV on outdated devices. This simultaneously limits how consumers access their pay-TV content while raking in billions of dollars for the cable industry in rental fees in an era when most other consumer electronics costs have actually decreased.