Items tagged "Network Neutrality"

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Public Knowledge Disappointed With FCC Order

December 20, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release

Background:  We learned this afternoon that Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps will vote to approve a Net Neutrality order tomorrow at the monthly FCC meeting.  The statement below is based on what we have been able to learn about that order so far.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

The actions by the Federal Communications Commission fall far short of what they could have been. Instead of a rule that would protect everyone, from consumers to applications developers from predatory practices of telephone and cable companies, the Commission settled for much less.  Instead of strong, firm rules providing clear protections, the Commission created a vague and shifting landscape open to interpretation.  Consumers deserved better.  The FCC should have fought for consumers, not put the burden on them to fight for their rights.

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Public Interest Groups Urge FCC To Act on Net Neutrality Policy

November 5, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release


Six public interest groups yesterday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move ahead with a rulemaking to guarantee an open and non-discriminatory Internet.

In reply comments to the FCC, Public Knowledge, Benton Foundation, Center for Media Justice, Consumers Union, Media Access Project and New America Foundation said that the FCC “should move swiftly ahead” and complete the proceeding based on the information in the public record, rather than waiting for a consensus to emerge.

The comments are here.

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Public Interest Groups Urge FCC To Act on Net Neutrality Policy

November 5, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release


Six public interest groups yesterday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move ahead with a rulemaking to guarantee an open and non-discriminatory Internet.

In reply comments to the FCC, Public Knowledge, Benton Foundation, Center for Media Justice, Consumers Union, Media Access Project and New America Foundation said that the FCC “should move swiftly ahead” and complete the proceeding based on the information in the public record, rather than waiting for a consensus to emerge.

The comments are here.

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Public Knowledge Condemns Fox Internet Blocking

October 16, 2010 Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“Fox has said it is not allowing customers of Cablevision’s Internet access service to connect to Fox Web sites or to Fox content on Hulu.com.

“It’s bad enough that millions of consumers in New York and Philadelphia are being deprived of programming distributed by cable.  Blocking Web sites, however, is totally out of bounds in a dispute like this.

“This case shows the dangers of unchecked media consolidation and of a retransmission consent regime badly in need of reform.  Consumers should not have their access to Web content threatened because a giant media company has a dispute over cable programming carriage.  The anti-competitive aspects, particularly when it comes to online video programming, are glaringly obvious.

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Public Knowledge, Free Press and New America To Host Noted Internet Scholar Barbara van Schewick

September 8, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release

Public Knowledge, Free Press and the New America Foundation will co-host a program next week with Barbara van Schewick, associate professor at Stanford Law School, on her new book, “Internet Architecture and Innovation.”
 
The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at the New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Van Schewick, a member of the PK Advisory Board, approaches the current public policy debates over the future of the Internet by first analyzing the architecture of the Internet.  She wrote in her book that the interests of network providers differ from those of the public:  “Leaving the evolution of the network to network providers will significantly reduce the Internet’s value to society.”  Policy makers “will have to intervene,” van Schewick writes, although she says how best to do so is a difficult question requiring regulators to shape technology before it is deployed.

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Public Knowledge Expects ‘Prompt’ FCC Action To Protect Broadband Consumers

September 1, 2010 FCC , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Press Release

The Federal Communications Commission issued a public notice, putting out for public comment two elements in the policy suggestion from Verizon and Google.  The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

 “Nothing in this public notice prevents the FCC from taking prompt action on its ‘Third Way’ proceeding, which would make certain all Americans have affordable access to broadband, and to make sure it can deal with public safety and other crucial issues that are broader than the narrow issues on which the Commission seeks comment.

“We expect the Commission will move quickly to set the legal framework for the FCC to oversee broadband Internet access services, with specific rules to protect the open Internet to follow soon after.

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Public Knowledge Statement on GAO Cellular Industry Report

August 26, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release , Wireless

Earlier today, the Government Accountability Office released a report, “Enhanced Data Collection Could Help FCC Better Monitor Competition in the Wireless Industry.”  A copy of the report is here.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“Today’s GAO report adds more evidence to the argument that any rules governing an open Internet should apply to the wireless sector as well as to the wired.  The report paints a disturbing picture of an industry in which the top four carriers control 90 percent of the market, and industry consolidation is strangling smaller, regional carriers.

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Public Knowledge Says Google-Verizon Proposal Seeks to Strip FCC of Enforcement Powers

August 9, 2010 Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , Press Release , Verizon

Background: Today, Verizon and Google announced that they have reached a private agreement on a legislative proposal for Net Neutrality.

The following is attributed to Sherwin Siy, Deputy Legal Director of Public Knowledge:

“We have already expressed our alarm at the extraordinary loopholes present in Verizon and Google’s proposal. However, the proposal also damages open Internet efforts through commission as well as omission. The section on “case-by-case enforcement” directs the FCC to defer to rules set by industry-led advisory groups. Combined with the proposal’s recommendation that the FCC have no rulemaking authority with respect to consumer protection and nondiscrimination, the agreement outsources the FCC’s powers and authorities to the very industries these rules are supposed to oversee.”

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Public Knowledge Says Verizon-Google Agreement is “Nothing More than A Private Agreement between Two

August 9, 2010 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Press Release , Verizon

Background: Today, Verizon and Google announced that they have reached a private agreement on a legislative proposal for Net Neutrality.

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“The agreement between Verizon and Google about how to manage Internet traffic is nothing more than a private agreement between two corporate behemoths, and should not be a template or basis for either Congressional or FCC action. It is unenforceable, and does almost nothing to preserve an open Internet.

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Statement of Public Knowledge On Collapse of FCC Talks

August 5, 2010 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Press Release

Earlier today, FCC Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus announced that the multiparty talks discussing a framework for an open Internet had been called off.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“The path before the Federal Communications Commission is now perfectly clear.  It must act to ensure that consumers are protected, that everyone can have access to broadband and that the Commission has the authority to ensure and open and non-discriminatory Internet.  It can do that simply by acting on the dockets now pending before the Commission.

“We were concerned about the negotiations because they were largely restricted to the biggest industry players.  The FCC now can use the comments and public views submitted to it as a basis for its decisions, as the Commission should have done all along.”

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