Items tagged "consumer choice"

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Public Knowledge Files Comments, Consumer Letters Urging FCC to Support Broadband Competition

February 5, 2020 Broadband , Competition , consumer choice , FCC , unbundled network elements , UNEs

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Modernizing Unbundling and Resale Requirements in an Era of Next-Generation Networks and Services,” which proposes to roll back Unbundled Network Element (UNEs) rules that help small providers compete with incumbent monopolies. Public Knowledge opposes this, because doing so would reduce competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.

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Public Knowledge Warns Congress New Satellite TV Bill Could Harm Consumers

November 19, 2019 consumer choice , consumer protections , satellite TV , STELA , STELAR , Video Marketplace

Yesterday, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the “Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act” in an attempt to prevent consumers from experiencing runaway price increases for video content. Unfortunately, the bill puts the ability of many rural and other viewers to continue to access network programming at risk and could result in an effective pay-TV monopoly for many viewers.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes STAR Act to Protect Satellite TV Subscribers

November 6, 2019 consumer choice , consumer protections , satellite TV , STAR Act , STELAR , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the “Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2019 (STAR Act)” to enable satellite TV subscribers to access broadcast stations to view news, sports, and programming at a fair and competitive price.

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FCC Formally Approves T-Mobile/Sprint Merger. Deal Likely to Harm Consumers, Competition

November 5, 2019 Anticompetitive mergers , Competition , consumer choice , Mergers , Sprint/T-Mobile , Wireless Competition , wireless network

Today, the Federal Communications Commission released its Order formally approving the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Pass FAIR Act to Hold Companies Accountable

September 10, 2019 class action lawsuits , consumer choice , consumer protections , FAIR Act , Forced Arbitration , Press Release

Today, the House Judiciary Committee marked up Rep. Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) bill, “The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act,” (H.R. 1423) to allow consumers to engage in class action lawsuits. Public Knowledge urges Congress to pass the bill to enable consumers to engage in class action suits which are necessary for effective antitrust enforcement and consumer protection more broadly.

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Public Knowledge Bolsters Advocacy and Policy Teams to Protect Consumers

August 29, 2019 Broadband , Competition Policy , consumer choice , consumer protections , Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge is pleased to announce two additions and one change to our team. First, Public Knowledge welcomes Jenna Leventoff, Senior Policy Counsel, and Bertram Lee, Policy Counsel, as new additions to our government affairs and policy teams. They will add depth and experience to our policy analysis and advocacy across the full breadth of issues Public Knowledge is leading on, including free expression and content moderation, privacy, broadband deployment, and spectrum policy.

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Public Knowledge Cautions FCC Robocall Order Could Create New Service Fee

May 17, 2019 consumer choice , FCC , Robocalling

Today, the Federal Communications Commission published a draft Order in the “Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls” proceeding. As currently written, the FCC’s draft Order could culminate in carriers charging consumers for call-blocking services that may or may not work as intended, whether consumers want the service or not.

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Public Knowledge and Roosevelt Institute Launch Guidebook to Regulating Digital Platforms

May 8, 2019 consumer choice , Content Moderation , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Privacy

Today, Public Knowledge and the Roosevelt Institute launched “The Case for the Digital Platform Act,” a new e-book by Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld with a foreword by former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. The e-book operates as a guide for addressing the challenges posed by the power of digital platforms.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Eshoo, Markey for Truth-in-Billing Legislation Empowering Consumers

February 14, 2019 Cable Pricing , consumer choice , consumer protections , Video Marketplace

Today, Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “Truth-In-Billing, Remedies, and User Empowerment over Fees” (TRUE Fees) Act to ensure that pay TV, cellular service, and broadband providers include “below-the-line” fee items in their advertised price for service.

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Sprint-T-Mobile Deal Will Reduce Wireless Competition, Likely Increase Prices and Curtail Innovation

April 29, 2018 Competition , consumer choice , merger , T-Mobile , Wireless Competition

Today, Sprint Corporation and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. announced plans to merge to form a massive wireless carrier. The combination would reduce the number of national wireless carriers from four to three. Just as the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission concluded when the government rejected AT&T’s 2011 attempt to acquire T-Mobile, such a drastic reduction in competition is likely to harm competition and increase costs for consumers.

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