Items tagged "Net Neutrality"

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Public Knowledge Applauds D.C. Circuit Court Ruling Preventing FCC from Blocking State Net Neutrality Laws

October 1, 2019 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld in part the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order in the case, Mozilla v. FCC. Public Knowledge filed as a petitioner opposing the FCC’s abandonment of its own net neutrality rules. While the FCC’s classification decision was narrowly upheld, the court also ruled that the FCC cannot prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality laws or other broadband regulations.

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How Chairman Pai’s Move to Control Your Text Messages Could Bring More Consumer Protections Tumbling Down

December 5, 2018 FCC , Net Neutrality , TCPA , Title II , TXTSMS

In my last post, I addressed how Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai isn’t really preventing robocalls with his new draft Order to classify both SMS text messaging and short codes as Title I “information services.” Now I will discuss the potential consequences for such a maneuver, and why doing so could send consumer protections tumbling down.

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Chairman Pai Isn’t Stopping Robocalls — He’s Empowering Carriers to Block Your Text Messages

December 4, 2018 FCC , Net Neutrality , TCPA , Title II , TXTSMS

In December 2007, Public Knowledge filed a Petition For Declaratory Ruling asking the Federal Communications Commission to clarify that both SMS text messaging and short codes are “Title II” telecommunications services. Put another way, we asked the FCC to reaffirm the basic statutory language that if you use telephones and the telephone network to send information from one telephone number to another, it meets the definition of “telecommunications service” (47 U.S.C. 153(53)).

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Public Knowledge Appoints Chris Lewis to Succeed Kimmelman as President and CEO

July 15, 2019 Broadband , Consumer Privacy , Copyright Reform , Net Neutrality , Public Knowledge

Today, Public Knowledge is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lewis as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer as Gene Kimmelman steps down from the position.

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Public Knowledge Responds to ISOC Report

June 18, 2019 FCC , Net Neutrality

Public Knowledge is very disappointed to see the conversations about net neutrality led by ISOC being misrepresented in The Hill. Like many stakeholders, Public Knowledge attended ISOC’s meetings, but eventually withdrew due to fundamental disagreement with its direction. It is clear that the final product values the perception of consensus over the substance of consumer protection.

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Public Knowledge Urges Senate to Pass Save the Internet Act to Restore Net Neutrality

June 11, 2019 Broadband , consumer protections , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) requested the U.S. Senate hold a vote on the Save the Internet Act (S. 682). The Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. The bill would restore the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order and the agency’s net neutrality consumer protections, preventing broadband providers from blocking websites, throttling web traffic, or creating “fast lanes” only for those able to pay for prioritization.

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Net Neutrality Does Not End Today. We Still Don’t Know When It Will. This Is Unusual.

April 23, 2018 FCC , Net Neutrality , Title II

This is an edited version of a blog post originally published on Harold Feld’s personal blog, Tales from the Sausage Factory, on WetMachine.com.

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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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Public Knowledge Applauds House for Passing Save the Internet Act to Restore Net Neutrality

April 10, 2019 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to restore the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order and the agency’s net neutrality rules by passing the “Save the Internet Act” (H.R. 1644). Chairman Pai’s FCC repealed these rules in 2017, ignoring the millions of Americans who support net neutrality. Public Knowledge commends the House of Representatives for listening to the American people, who overwhelmingly support net neutrality regardless of party, and urges the U.S. Senate to quickly pass the companion bill (S. 682).

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Public Knowledge Applauds Committee Approval of Save the Internet Act, Encourages House to Act

April 3, 2019 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up Chairman Mike Doyle’s (D-PA) bill, “Save the Internet Act,” (H.R. 1644) to restore the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, and the agency’s strong net neutrality rules. Public Knowledge supports passage of H.R. 1644 (and its Senate companion bill, S. 682), and commends Chairman Doyle and full Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) for taking decisive action to restore strong net neutrality protections for consumers.

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