Items tagged "AT&T"

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AT&T’s Move to Disconnect DSL Customers Shows Harm of Deregulatory Agenda

October 14, 2020 AT&T , Broadband Access , DSL , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Rural Broadband Access

Today, Public Knowledge, Communications Workers of America, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Next Century Cities, Common Cause, and Greenlining Institute filed an ex parte warning the Federal Communications Commission that its deregulatory agenda leaves consumers vulnerable to losing broadband service during the pandemic. 

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AT&T is Reminding Us Why the Video Marketplace Was Traditionally Highly Regulated

June 3, 2020 Anticompetitive mergers , AT&T , AT&T Time Warner , ATTTime Warner , Data Caps , Media Consolidation , Net Neutrality , Time Warner

When Public Knowledge came out against the proposed AT&T/Time Warner merger in 2017, we were worried that the merger would create both the incentive for the combined company to withhold, or charge more for its own content to rival distributors, and to discriminate against competing content on its own distribution services. The merger went through […]

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Extend Carriage License Deadline to Protect Consumers

April 20, 2020 AT&T , DirecTV , STELAR

Today, AT&T asked Congress to extend the company’s carriage license deadline so that DirecTV customers living in rural America don’t lose access to network affiliate TV channels during the pandemic. Currently, the license is set to expire at the end of May because Congress only partially reauthorized the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELAR), jeopardizing Americans who rely on satellite TV service for news and entertainment. Public Knowledge urges Congress to protect consumers during this especially vulnerable time by extending the deadline.

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Public Knowledge Disappointed by DC Circuit Allowing AT&T/Time Warner Merger Decision to Stand

February 26, 2019 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , Litigation , Mergers , Time Warner

Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the district court’s earlier opinion, which permitted the AT&T/Time Warner merger to proceed, to stay in place. Public Knowledge supported the Justice Department’s challenge of the merger.

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Public Knowledge Files Amicus Brief in U.S. v AT&T/Time Warner Appeal

August 14, 2018 AT&T , Competition , DOJ , Mergers , Time Warner

Yesterday, Public Knowledge, along with American Antitrust Institute and Consumers Union, filed an amicus brief in the government’s appeal of the AT&T/Time Warner decision.

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Public Knowledge Disappointed By Ruling Permitting AT&T/Time Warner Mega-Merger To Proceed

June 12, 2018 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , Competition , merger , Time Warner

Today, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in United States v AT&T, with Judge Richard J. Leon ruling that the the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger can go forward.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Report of Possible AT&T-Verizon Collusion

April 20, 2018 AT&T , collusion , Competition , consumer choice , Verizon

Today, reports indicate that the Department of Justice is investigating alleged collusion between AT&T and Verizon at GSMA, a standards-setting body. The alleged collusion would make it more difficult for consumers to move from one carrier to another.

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Consumer Federation of America, Public Knowledge: The DOJ’s Case Against the AT&T-Time Warner Merger

March 13, 2018 AT&T , ATTTime Warner , DOJ , Mergers , Time Warner

Today, Consumer Federation of America, in collaboration with Public Knowledge, published a paper explaining why the government’s case against the AT&T-Time Warner merger is both warranted and consistent with past enforcement practices. The paper also demonstrates the necessity of the case to prevent possible coordination among dominant firms that would likely thwart the development and expansion of innovative online video platforms as well as cheaper alternatives to traditional cable and satellite services.

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Public Knowledge Responds to AT&T’s Call for “Internet Bill of Rights”

January 24, 2018 AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, AT&T placed full-page advertisements in various papers urging Congress to pass an “Internet Bill of Rights” to “provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies.” Public Knowledge contends that Americans had strong, consistent net neutrality rules until Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai repealed them, and finds AT&T’s vague commitments insufficient for a bill.

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Public Interest Groups Urge FCC Chairman to Delay Net Neutrality Vote to Dismantle Rules

December 4, 2017 AT&T , FCC , FTC , Litigation , Net Neutrality

Today, Public Knowledge joined 40 other consumer protection groups, digital divide advocates, and local government agencies — including New York City — in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to delay the vote on the “Restoring Internet Freedom” Draft Order, which would roll back the agency’s net neutrality rules if adopted. Specifically, the groups propose the FCC delay the vote until a pending court case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — the en banc review in Federal Trade Commission v. AT&T Mobility — resolves.

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