Items tagged "Congress"

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Public Knowledge Condemns Passage of CASE Act in Funding Bill

December 21, 2020 CASE Act , Congress , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Legislation , Small Claims

Today Congress passed a $1.4 trillion government funding bill that included the CASE Act as a last-minute addition.

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Senate Releases Principles for Comprehensive Privacy Legislation

November 18, 2019 Congress , Consumer Privacy , Data Protection , Legislation , Privacy

Today, Democrats across four key Senate committees (Commerce, Judiciary, Banking, HELP) released a Privacy and Data Protection Framework, a set of core principles that should serve as the baseline for any comprehensive federal privacy and data protection legislation. 

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Marginalized Communities in Privacy Debate

February 13, 2019 civil rights , Congress , Consumer Privacy , consumer protections , Privacy

Today, Public Knowledge joined 43 other public interest, civil rights, racial justice, and consumer groups in a letter urging Congress to prioritize civil rights concerns when developing consumer privacy legislation. In the letter, Public Knowledge and other organizations argue that anti-discrimination principles need to be extended to the online economy in order to protect marginalized communities, especially communities of color.

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Public Knowledge to Testify Before House Energy & Commerce Committee Against Sprint/T-Mobile Deal

February 12, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Congress , SprintT-Mobile , Wireless Competition

Public Knowledge Senior Policy Counsel Phillip Berenbroick will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Protecting Consumers and Competition: An Examination of the T-Mobile and Sprint Merger” will argue that the proposed merger is a bad deal for consumers, competition, and America’s wireless future — and would increase wireless prices and fail to deliver any verifiable or merger-specific benefits.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Promote a Competitive Marketplace in Music Modernization Act

March 7, 2018 Congress , Copyright , Music Licensing , Press Release

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and to the House Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

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President Trump Dismantles Online Privacy Protections

April 4, 2017 Broadband , Broadband Privacy , Congress , FCC , Privacy

Today, President Trump signed a bill dismantling online privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Privacy Order by way of the Congressional Review Act. This bill not only terminates the FCC’s privacy rules but also prevents the agency from creating similar privacy protections in the future. The bill previously passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

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House Abandons Consumers in Vote to Dismantle Americans’ Online Privacy

March 28, 2017 Broadband , Broadband Privacy , Congress , FCC , Privacy

Today, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass a joint resolution dismantling online privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Privacy Order by way of the Congressional Review Act.

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Public Knowledge: Infrastructure Plan Should Improve Broadband Availability & Affordability

February 28, 2017 Broadband Access , Congress , Digital Divide

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) urging Congress take steps to close the digital divide.

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Public Knowledge Joins Group Letter Urging Congress to Vote Against Midnight Rules Relief Act

January 4, 2017 Congress , Net Neutrality

Today, Public Knowledge joins 44 public interest groups in a letter to the United States House of Representatives arguing against the adoption of the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017. This bill would amend the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to allow disapproval of all regulations reported in the final year of a presidential term, jeopardizing public protections.

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Congress Preserves Net Neutrality, FCC Authority in Omnibus Spending Agreement

December 16, 2015 Congress , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Press Release

Today, Congress released its proposed omnibus bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. This compromise proposal removes a provision that would have restricted the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to enforce its landmark net neutrality rules adopted in February 2015. Republicans included this provision in initial appropriations bills passed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees last summer. The proposal also increases FCC funding to $344 million, providing $44 million more than Fiscal Year 2015. Congress plans to vote on the compromise proposal by the end of this week.

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