Items tagged "FCC"

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Public Knowledge Celebrates FCC Action To Connect the Vulnerable With New $50 Broadband Subsidy

February 26, 2021 Broadband Access , Broadband Affordability , broadband subsidy , coronavirus , Covid-19 , EBB , FCC

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission voted on circulation to approve a Report and Order to establish the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a $3.2 billion federal initiative to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer, laptop, or tablet. The program created by Congress subsidizes broadband and device payments for low-income consumers or families hit hard by the pandemic, including students and the unemployed.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments Urging FCC to Expand the E-Rate Program to Connect Students During Pandemic

February 17, 2021 Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , E-Rate , FCC , remote learning

Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined New America’s Open Technology Institute in filing comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Notice on the use of E-Rate funds to enable remote learning.

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Public Knowledge Petitions FCC to Begin Reconsidering Trump-Era Broadband Deregulation

February 8, 2021 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, Public Knowledge filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider the agency’s determination under Chairman Pai that its deregulatory agenda was more important than public safety, the infrastructure access necessary for broadband competition, or universal service.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Commissioner Rosenworcel as FCC Acting Chair to Protect Consumers

January 21, 2021 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , consumer protections , E-Rate , E911 , FCC , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Save Broadband Privacy

Today, President Joe Biden named Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Commissioner Rosenworcel has been a strong advocate for broadband affordability, student access through the E-Rate program to in-home broadband connectivity, and generally a more consumer-focused FCC. Public Knowledge commends Commissioner Rosenworcel for her work in championing the public interest.

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FCC Chairman Pai Moves to Leverage 12 GHz Band to Close Digital Divide

December 29, 2020 12 GHz , 5G , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Wireless , wireless broadband

Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could potentially leverage spectrum sharing technology to help close the digital divide. Adding the 12 GHz band to the agency’s “5G FAST Plan” would make an additional 500 MHz of contiguous spectrum available for two-way fixed and mobile 5G wireless broadband services, while protecting incumbent satellite uses (including satellite broadband) from harmful interference.

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Public Knowledge Opposes FCC Media Ownership Repeal in Supreme Court Amicus Brief

December 23, 2020 amicus brief , FCC , Litigation , Media Consolidation , Media Diversity , Media Ownership , Prometheus Radio Project , Spectrum

Today, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the Prometheus Radio Project and other opponents of the Federal Communication Commission’s 2017 Order eliminating most of the broadcast ownership rules.

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Diversity and Competition in New and Old Media

December 23, 2020 AT&T , Content Moderation , FCC , Media Diversity , Media Ownership , misinformation , Pay-TV , Time Warner

One of the most important and difficult goals of media policy is preserving and promoting voices of marginalized communities and diverse perspectives. It’s important because a functioning democracy requires informed points of view from multiple perspectives. There should be media that speak to and speak for everyone in our country. This applies to all media, […]

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All I Want for Christmas Is Fee Transparency

December 15, 2020 Cable Costs , Cable Fees , FCC , Fee Transparency , Legislation , Pay-TV , TVPA

On December 20th, something exciting is happening for television viewers, and no, it’s not a new Hallmark Christmas movie (although, we’re sure that’s happening too, and when it does happen, we’ll be there!). What’s happening is that FINALLY, consumers are going to get some transparency into how much they will spend on pay-TV service (e.g. […]

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Begin Transition to Next Generation Television

December 10, 2020 ATSC 3.0 , ATSC Transition , DTV Transition , FCC , Spectrum

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order that modifies existing regulations to encourage adoption of ATSC 3.0, a new Broadcast Television Standard.

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Public Knowledge Urges Quick Confirmation of Fifth FCC Commissioner to Protect Consumers

December 8, 2020 Broadband Access , coronavirus , Covid-19 , FCC , network resiliency

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Nathan Simington to the Federal Communications Commission effectively deadlocking the agency until the Senate confirms a candidate for the fifth seat on the commission.

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