Items tagged "Network Neutrality"

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Public Knowledge Statement on Google Network Announcement

February 10, 2010 Broadband , Network Neutrality , Press Release

This morning, Google announced it would build a series of one gigabit-per-second networks in communities around the country. The announcement is here.

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

"We congratulate Google on its decision to construct this series of high-speed networks around the country. This project is the kind of forward thinking and investment from the private sector that could jump-start Internet technology while helping our economy and giving consumers the experience of a true next-generation network.

"Google is to be commended on announcing up front that the network will be open to other service providers and will be operated on a neutral, non-discriminatory basis — as all networks should be.

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Public Knowledge Commends Secretary Hillary Clinton on Internet Freedom

January 25, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release

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

“Secretary Clinton is to be commended for raising Internet Freedom to the level as a major element of our foreign policy. Her speech this morning served to highlight the incredible benefits that come from a free, interconnected network. We couldn’t agree more with her statement that, ‘Ultimately, this issue isn't just about information freedom; it's about what kind of world we're going to inhabit. It's about whether we live on a planet with one internet, one global community, and a common body of knowledge that unites and benefits us all.’

“At the same time, we should be aware of the benefits of an open Internet and telecommunications network must be protected domestically as well. While Secretary Clinton commented on the benefits of text messaging as a means of expression abroad, there are no legal protections for text messaging here.

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Groups Tell FCC Copyright Enforcement Shouldn’t Be Part of Net Neutrality

January 14, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules to ensure an open Internet should not be used to enforce intellectual property law, six public-interest and business groups told the Commission today.

The Commission’s proposed definition of “reasonable network management” under its Net Neutrality rules would allow telephone, cable and wireless companies to prevent the transfer of unlawful content and prevent the unlawful transfer of content. There is no need for those copyright-related exceptions because the proposed rules already provide that ISPs must treat lawful content in a non-discriminatory manner, the groups said.

However, the rules could lead to “excusing overbroad techniques that interfere with lawful activities,” according to a filing submitted by Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Consumer Electronics Association, Home Recording Rights Coalition and NetCoalition.

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Public Interest Groups Bolster FCC Authority To Protect Internet Subscribers

January 14, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has the legal authority it needs to protect consumers by ensuring the Internet remains open to consumers as a source for innovation, creativity and economic growth, five public interest groups were due to tell the Commission today. The FCC has proposed rules to implement “net neutrality,” a concept that would make certain that the companies operating the networks that connect consumers and businesses to the Internet couldn’t play favorites.

In its comments to the Commission, the groups agreed with the FCC that the Commission under what is called Title I authority of the Communications Act can implement rules making certain consumers can access the lawful content, applications and services of their choice.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Sen. Byron Dorgan’s Retirement

January 6, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release

“We were very disappointed to learn that Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) has decided not to run for re-election this year.

“Throughout his career, Sen. Dorgan fought for the interests of consumers ahead of the interests of corporate media giants. No one in Congress is more dedicated to the cause of Internet Freedom than is Sen. Dorgan. He is a true Internet champion.

Whether protecting the free and open Internet from 2006 through today, persuading the Senate to curb the power of newspapers and broadcasters (with help from the Federal Communications Commission) looking for extraordinary consolidation in 2007 or fighting to protect a competitive telecommunications market in 1995, Sen. Dorgan's priorities never wavered. He will leave behind a legislative legacy for which all consumers should be grateful.”

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Public Knowledge Statement on AT&T Net Neutrality Letter

December 15, 2009 AT&T , FCC , Network Neutrality , Press Release

Earlier today, AT&T filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offering the company’s views on Net Neutrality.

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

“The latest AT&T letter to the Commission adds nothing to the Net Neutrality debate, and in some ways detracts from the discussion because it distorts the public policy positions of others.

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Public Knowledge Calls Comcast Letter ‘Irrelevent’

December 3, 2009 Competition , Monopoly , Network Neutrality , Press Release

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

“Earlier today, Comcast issued a five-page letter which was supposed to address ‘public interest’ concerns about the merger with NBCU. The letter is irrelevant to our concerns, and did not address them at all.

“The letter said only that Comcast would obey existing programming access requirements (which don’t apply to terrestrially distributed programming), and would comply with requirements for programming for children. It made no mention of making programming available to other online providers.

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Public Knowledge Concerned about Comcast-NBCU Combination

December 3, 2009 Competition , Network Neutrality , Press Release

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

“We have serious doubts whether this merger is in the public interest. It raises substantial and complex competition issues across multiple types of media.

“The combination of the country’s largest cable company, a TV network and a movie studio could present grave dangers to a free and open Internet. The sheer size of the transaction makes a Net Neutrality rule that much more necessary, as more content comes under the control of another giant media company. Regulators will have to make certain that Comcast does not give advantage to NBC programs and films over others.

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Public Knowledge Endorses New York City Council New Neutrality Resolution

November 20, 2009 Network Neutrality , Press Release

New York, NY – The New York City Council should pass a resolution that favors strong Net Neutrality regulation because the issue is important to the economy of the city, according to Public Knowledge, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group.

Testifying before the City Council Committee on Technology in Government, PK Communications Director Art Brodsky said the group endorsed the resolution in “the strongest possible terms.”

Brodsky said: “All over this city, people are going online. They want to do research, send messages, check out museums, update their social networks, check out videos. Consumers make the choices of what service they want and how much they want to pay for it.”

He added: “All over this city, people are going online for a different reason. They want to create a business. Whether it's a new blog, or new application or web site, every developer needs the certainty that he or she can reach an audience.

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Public Knowledge Praises FCC Action on Net Neutrality

October 22, 2009 Network Neutrality , Press Release

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

“We are delighted that the Federal Communications Commission decided unanimously to move ahead with a rulemaking to establish principles of fairness on the Internet.

“It is clear to us that at the end of the proceeding, consumers and innovators will benefit from an open and non-discriminatory Internet. As a result, the economy will benefit in the future, as it did in the past, from the stability of an Internet that grants equal opportunity to all to participate in an open Internet environment.

“We particularly want to commend the members of the FCC for acting on this notice after enduring one of the most brutal assaults on the Commission in recent memory. Even within that environment, there is clear evidence that consensus is evolving.

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