Items tagged "National Network Upgrade"

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Hurricane Michael Aftermath ‘Wake Up Call’ On Deregulating Telecommunications Services

October 17, 2018 FCC , hurricane recovery , National Network Upgrade , Tech Transitions

Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Public Knowledge worked closely with the Federal Communications Commission and in the states to put regulations in place to prevent recurrence of the large scale, long term communications blackouts that followed the storm. Over the last two years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repealed these rules. Public Knowledge has challenged this deregulation in court.

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Public Knowledge Urges Court Not To Hang Up On Consumers in FCC Lawsuit

September 26, 2018 Digital Divide , FCC , National Network Upgrade , Tech Transition

Today, Public Knowledge, joined by Greenlining Institute, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), and the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), filed a petitioners’ brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit requesting the Court vacate the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 Technology Transitions Order, which rolled back consumer protections established in the agency’s 2015 Order.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bipartisan “AIRWAVES Act” to Secure America’s Broadband, Wireless Future

February 7, 2018 broadband infrastructure , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband , Spectrum , Tech Transitions

Today, Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-R) and Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-D) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or “AIRWAVES,” Act. The AIRWAVES Act is the House companion to S.1682.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments Urging FCC to Improve Disaster Response to Damaged Networks

January 23, 2018 disaster recovery , FCC , National Network Upgrade , natural disasters

Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Public Notice on the agency’s 2017 hurricane season response efforts. The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau sought comments on how to improve the agency’s response to natural disasters with a focus on repairing telecommunications infrastructure damaged by Hurricanes Maria and Irma last year.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments on FCC Chairman Pai’s Plan to Further Downgrade Rural America

January 18, 2018 Downgrade to Rural America , FCC , National Network Upgrade , Tech Transitions

Yesterday, Public Knowledge and Center for Rural Strategies filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on dismantling the agency’s consumer protections established in the 2015 and 2016 Technology Transitions Orders. The FCC voted to roll back a multitude of these consumer protections last fall.

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Consumer Groups Ask Ninth Circuit to Block FCC Broadband Order Downgrading Rural America

December 8, 2017 FCC , National Network Upgrade , Tech Transition

Today, Public Knowledge, joined by The Greenlining Institute, The Utility Reform Network, and National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, filed a Petition for Review with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The petition asks the court to reverse and vacate the Federal Communications Commission’s November Order rolling back the agency’s consumer protections for Americans on legacy copper phone lines.

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Public Interest Groups Urge FCC Chairman to Maintain Tech Transition Rules, Protect Consumers

November 9, 2017 Downgrade to Rural America , FCC , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband Downgrade , Tech Transitions

Today, Public Knowledge joined Communications Workers of America and 20 rural, consumer, civil rights, labor, and other groups in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to retain the agency’s tech transitions rules that protect consumers while providers like Verizon transition from copper to fiber networks. The agency plans to roll back these consumer protections on November 16, effectively downgrading rural America.

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Making the Digital Transition an “Upgrade for All” Again

August 26, 2019 Litigation , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband Downgrade , Tech Transition , Tech Transitions

You can watch Harold Feld and Lindsay Stern present oral arguments for the case discussed below tomorrow at 9 a.m. PDT here. Across the nation, surprised Americans are waking to discover that their copper line — this landmark technology once used to connect America to the telephone system — doesn’t work. These unfortunate Americans are no longer […]

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Pai’s Plan to Downgrade Rural America

November 2, 2017 FCC , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband Downgrade , Tech Transitions , Wireline

On his very first day as the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai dedicated himself to closing the digital divide and to “work to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.” Sounds promising for America, right? Unfortunately, Chairman Pai hasn’t followed through with this promise. Instead, the Trump-appointed FCC Chairman has rubberstamped the elimination of several policies and protections that are critical to closing the digital divide.

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