Items tagged "Network Open Access"

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Zipcar Co-Founder Robin Chase Endorses Strong Net Neutrality

March 8, 2011 Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Press Release

Robin Chase, the co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, will testify tomorrow that an open Internet was necessary to the founding of the highly successful company.  In her oral statement, Chase will tell the House Communications Subcommittee:  “Without an open Internet, Zipcar simply would not exist.”

If anything, the rules the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved last December should be stronger, in order to encourage innovation and job creation, according to Chase’s statement:  “Indeed, I think the FCC’s rules actually did not go far enough, especially with respect to wireless: The idea that different rules should apply, and that my experience of the Internet would be different depending on whether I was sitting at my desk at home connected, or on a park bench accessing those pages wirelessly is nonsense. And it dramatically complicates life for innovators and entrepreneurs.”

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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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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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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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PK In The Know Podcast: Regulating Networks and a Creators’ Freedom Project Update

April 13, 2012 Last Mile , Monopoly , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Non-Discrimination

On this week’s podcast we consider how to think about regulating networks, opportunities for boutique ISPs, and get an update on the Creators’ Freedom Project.

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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 Questions Google-Verizon Dispute Over ‘Wallet’ Application

December 6, 2011 Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Press Release

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:


“It is unfortunate that the Federal Communications Commission chose to give wireless Internet access a second-class status to becoming an open network.

“Today’s dispute between Google and Verizon is just the type of situation that likely would not happen if it were clear that a firm ‘no discrimination’ standard were in effect for wireless services.

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On today’s podcast we update the status of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, walk through the intricacies of politicians licensing music for their campaigns, talk about IP protection surrounding attempts to 3D print a cube from the movie Super 8, and mark the death and life of social networks.  We also discuss the decision of civil society organizations to pull out of international open internet discussions at OECD and consider the ramifications of this week’s Supreme Court ruling on minors’ access to violent video games.

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Yes, MR. CHAIRMAN, there is a Santa Claus

December 1, 2010 Broadband , FCC , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access

The time between Thanksgiving and the end of December is all about one thing – anticipation.  (Cue Carly if you wish).  Through December, there’s only one topic on everyone’s minds.  It can’t be helped.  The familiar themes float through the consciousness.  If only that day would come, wishes that were born a year ago will be fulfilled.  Sigh.

Oh, wait.  You thought I was talking about Christmas?  Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Ha.  No, we’re talking about the Dec. 21 meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting at which the Commission is expected to proceed with some sort of open Internet rule.

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