Items tagged "Network Neutrality"

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Public Knowledge Calls Verizon-Google Deal ‘Regrettable’

August 4, 2010 Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Press Release

Background:  It has been reported that Verizon and Google 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 deal between Verizon and Google about how to manage Internet traffic is deeply regrettable and should be considered meaningless.  As a legal agreement, it is not binding on either company.  As an agreement in principle, it should not be taken as a template or basis for Congressional action.

“The fate of the Internet is too large a matter to be decided by negotiations involving two companies, even companies as big as Verizon and Google, or even the six companies and groups engaged in other discussions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on similar topics.

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Public Knowledge Comment On Latest Misleading Congressional Letter

May 28, 2010 AT&T , Comcast , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Earlier today, 171 of 177 House Republicans signed a letter opposing the proposed actions of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure economic growth and to protect consumers.

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

“Today’s House letter, combined with that signed by 74 Democrats a couple of days ago, is nothing more than a demonstration of the unparalleled political and lobbying muscle of the telecommunications industry.  The biggest companies are spending millions and millions of dollars to buy this Congress.  AT&T spent $6 million in the first quarter of this year alone.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Congressional Communications Process

May 24, 2010 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Earlier today, the chairmen of the Senate and House Commerce Committees, Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and of the respective communications subcommittees, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) said they would “start a process to develop proposals to update the Communications Act.”

Announcement is here.

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

“We are very pleased to see this expression of Congressional interest in updating the Communications Act.  The world has changed considerably since 1996, and Congress should be looking at how the law should accommodate today’s technology and marketplace.  We look forward to participating in this process.

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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC Announcement

May 5, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release

A senior FCC official reports that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski tomorrow will announce how the FCC will deal with the legal issues raised by the Comcast v. FCC case.

 
The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:
 
“This is a welcome announcement.  We have been saying for months that the FCC should consider a Title II solution to the problem of how to best protect consumers and expand broadband access and adoption in the U.S. since the Comcast case was decided.
 
“We look forward to participating in this very crucial debate to ensure that even a ‘weak’ Title II will still be strong enough to protect consumers.”



 

 

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Public Knowledge Praises Hill Leadership Letter

May 5, 2010 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Press Release


Earlier today, House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski advising him on how the FCC could move forward to address the FCC’s authority over broadband.

A copy of the letter is here.

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

“Chairman Waxman and Chairman Rockefeller are absolutely correct in their advice that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should use “all viable options” including a “change in classification” with a “light regulatory touch” to protect consumers and advance the goals of the National Broadband Plan.

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Public Knowledge Calls Latest Carrier Letter ‘The Wrong Policy’

April 29, 2010 Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Press Release

Earlier today, the largest communications carriers and their equipment subsidiary filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) arguing against making high-speed Internet service a regulated service.

The following response is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:

“This latest letter from the telephone and cable industries is yet another sign that the industry will make any argument to avoid the simple fact that consumers deserve protection against companies that block or degrade service and deserve more competition in Internet services.

“As we have shown in our filings, the carriers are wrong again on the facts, wrong again on the history, wrong on the policy.  To give one example – the 1998 FCC report they mention would indeed call broadband service an ‘information service,’ but only if the companies offering it are not eligible to receive universal service support.

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Public Knowledge Tells FCC Hearing Rules Needed To Protect Open Internet

April 28, 2010 Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Press Release

Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi B. Sohn said today that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should enact rules to meet the threats to an open Internet.

Testifying at a Commission hearing in Seattle on “Approaches to Preserving the Open Internet,” Sohn said that, “the open, decentralized nature of the Internet is at risk, as the cable, telephone and wireless companies that provide the on-ramps to the Internet seek to insert themselves in the middle – picking winners and losers in the process. The FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking proceeding, which would prohibit this kind of discrimination, is a welcome step towards preserving the open Internet.”  The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. PST, 12:30 p.m. EST.  It will be streamed here.

Sohn’s written statement is here.

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Public Knowledge Warns FCC About Constant Challenges To Broadband Authority and An Open Internet

April 26, 2010 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Press Release

It would be “at best challenging and at worst reckless” for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make broadband policy based on the legal framework that was largely struck down earlier this month by the U.S. Appeals Court, Public Knowledge (PK) told the Commission Monday.

The text of the comments is here.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC Action To Protect Broadband Consumers, Further National Economy

April 6, 2010 Broadband , Comcast , Network Neutrality , Press Release

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

“Today’s Appeals Court decision means there are no protections in the law for consumers’ broadband services. Companies selling Internet access are free to play favorites with content on their networks, to throttle certain applications or simply to block others. In addition, as of now, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ambitious National Broadband Plan to help boost the economy is in legal limbo. The ability of the FCC to support broadband through universal service is in jeopardy, as is the agency’s ability to protect consumer privacy, ensure access to broadband-based emergency communications or promote access to broadband for the disabled.

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Public Knowledge Rejects Telecom Industry Assault on Consumers

February 22, 2010 FCC , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Background: The major companies and trade groups in the telecommunications industry earlier today sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski rejecting the idea of putting Internet access services under some form of consumer protection rules.

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

“This is a transparent attempt to bully the FCC. The industry wants to have a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that has no power to safeguard consumer privacy, to promote deployment and adoption of high-speed Internet access, to require transparency and truth in billing and any number of consumer protections.

“The telecommunications industry has now shown that it cares nothing for consumers.

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