Items tagged "Net Neutrality"

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Public Knowledge Finds Binge On Changes a Step Forward

March 17, 2016 Net Neutrality , Zero Rating

Today, T-Mobile announced a Binge On update that gives video providers more choice over how the program’s video optimization applies to their content. According to T-Mobile, “Now video providers can choose to have their content stream at native resolutions without Binge On’s mobile optimization.” The company also claims that video providers will have the option to manage their content streams themselves. Public Knowledge supports these changes as a step forward but adds that more should be done to benefit consumers.

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Public Knowledge Commends House Passage of Small Business Transparency Bill

March 16, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act, H.R. 4596, which would exempt certain small broadband providers with fewer than 250,000 subscribers from the transparency provisions of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules, with a contingent sunset of five years. Public Knowledge commends Congress for its bipartisan support of the FCC’s authority to protect consumers.

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Chairman Wheeler Unveils Plan to Protect Consumer Privacy

March 10, 2016 Consumer Privacy , CPNI , FCC , Net Neutrality , Privacy

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he is circulating a proposal to protect consumers’ data from unauthorized uses by Internet Service Providers. The proposal will be be considered by the Commission during its March 31st meeting. Chairman Wheeler also released a fact sheet outlining the basics of his proposal, and the need for strong consumer protection.

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Media Alert: Join us in Austin to Talk Zombies, SOPA and the Internet of Things at SXSW!

March 8, 2016 Copyright , Intellectual Property , Net Neutrality

Join Public Knowledge in Austin at this year’s SXSW as our experts tackle two key technology policy issues for 2016: the return of Zombie SOPA through an obscure federal agency, and how the Internet of Things may turn consumer protection on its head.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Rate Regulation Bill that Undermines FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

February 11, 2016 FCC , Net Neutrality , Press Release

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Communications subcommittee voted 15-11 to approve the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act (H.R. 2666) without amendments. This bill, introduced by Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating broadband Internet access rates “without regard to any other provision of law,” namely the 2015 Open Internet Order. Public Knowledge continues to defend Net Neutrality and the FCC’s authority to protect consumers from overcharges and carrier abuse such as price gouging and data caps.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Inquiry Into Concerning Data Cap Practices of Comcast, Mobile Carriers

December 17, 2015 Data Caps , FCC , Net Neutrality

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the Wireline Competition Bureau had asked Comcast to explain its policy of applying data caps and overage fees to its broadband subscribers, while exempting its own streaming video service from the data caps. The Wireless Bureau sent letters to AT&T and T-Mobile asking them to explain the details of their respective data cap policies and address concerns raised by third parties.

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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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Public Knowledge Defends Net Neutrality Rules in D.C. Circuit

December 4, 2015 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Press Release

Today, Public Knowledge, as part of a broad coalition of intervenors, presented oral arguments defending the Federal Communications Commission’s February 2015 Open Internet Order before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Public Knowledge filed as an intervenor along with other public interest groups and Internet companies opposing the U.S. Telecom Association’s challenge to the FCC’s net neutrality rules reclassifying broadband Internet as a telecommunications service. Kevin Russell delivered the arguments on behalf of Public Knowledge, Free Press and Open Technology Institute.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Goes to Court Friday to Defend FCC’s Open Internet Order

December 3, 2015 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality

Public Knowledge attorneys will go to court Friday to defend the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that resulted from agency’s landmark Open Internet Order last February. Appellate litigator Kevin Russell, representing Public Knowledge, Free Press and Open Technology Institute, will argue before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals at 9:30 a.m. on December 4.

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T-Mobile’s Latest Zero-Rating Plan Could Have Negative Competitive Implications

November 10, 2015 Competition , Net Neutrality , T-Mobile , Wireless , Zero Rating

Today, T-Mobile announced a plan to exempt certain services from metering on its wireless plans. This follows its similar program for music services.

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