Items tagged "Congress"

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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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Everything You Need to Know About STELAR

December 9, 2019 Congress , Legislation , Retransmission Consent , STELA , STELAR

A few weeks ago, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on the Judiciary both voted to move bills reauthorizing parts of STELAR (the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization) to the full House floor. You might be wondering: What is STELAR, how does it affect consumers, and what should […]

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The Case for Agency Authority

December 20, 2018 Congress , FCC , FTC

One of the first lessons I learned as an advocate at Public Knowledge? “Regulation” and “rulemaking authority” are dirty words in too many parts of Capitol Hill. This is perhaps unsurprising to people who have worked on tech and telecom policy longer than I have. Or, for that matter, to people who work on environmental policy or any number of other issues. Nonetheless, this is my case for why I am pro-agency rulemaking authority, and you should be too.

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House Commerce Takes on Paid Prioritization, an Essential Tenet to the Open Internet

April 12, 2018 Congress , Legislation , Net Neutrality , Paid Prioritization , Title II

On April 17, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on paid prioritization — an issue that is central to the net neutrality debate. While most internet service providers (ISPs) have claimed that they have no plans to block or degrade traffic once the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 net neutrality repeal Order goes into effect (exactly when that will be remains TBD), commitments (or lack thereof) not to engage in paid prioritization have remained a moving target. These commitments are shifting with the political winds, and ISPs are including plenty of wiggle room to allow them to argue they haven’t misled consumers if they eventually choose to offer prioritization deals.

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