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Broadband Providers Are Quietly Taking Advantage of an Internet Without Net Neutrality Protections

January 29, 2019 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Title II

In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Ajit Pai voted to repeal net neutrality rules enacted two years earlier. While 83 percent of Americans support net neutrality and opposed the reversal, broadband providers unsurprisingly supported it. Many said they would not use the repeal as an opportunity to discriminate among internet content — but now there are no rules stopping them from doing exactly that.

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The Truth About Net Neutrality and Infrastructure Investment

May 8, 2017 FCC , Investment , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order of 2015 finally put net neutrality rules on a firm legal basis, protecting consumers from the anti-competitive, anti-consumer schemes that monopolistic Internet Service Providers would otherwise subject them to.

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PK’s Open Internet Course: What We’ve Learned and What’s Next

November 7, 2016 International , Latin America , Open Internet , Open Internet Course , Spectrum Reform

In maintaining our commitment to cultivate new leaders to enable and promote a free and open internet, Public Knowledge recently concluded the second round of its online Open Internet Course. The course, which ran from June 27 – October 10, 2016, hosted 30 participants, including journalists, students, government officials, and practitioners in the digital rights field.

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T-Mobile’s Zero-Rating of Pokémon GO Raises Questions for the Open Internet

July 20, 2016 Data Caps , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , T-Mobile , Zero Rating

Beginning yesterday, T-Mobile is offering a limited-time promotion tied to the wildly popular augmented reality game Pokémon GO, in which the mobile data used by the game will not count toward a customer’s data cap. This is yet another form of zero-rating, a practice that can raise serious concerns about competition policy, net neutrality, and consumer choice. Amidst a global Poké-craze, we shouldn’t lose sight of what this may portend for the future of the open internet. So we want to take the opportunity to raise a number of questions about this promotion which would also be important to answer for any other zero-rating service proposal. Before concluding anything about this promotion or any similar plans that may be proposed, it is important to better understand their potential dangers and benefits.

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Public Knowledge Calls for New Applicants for Our Open Internet Course

May 23, 2016 International , Open Internet , Open Internet Course

Today, Public Knowledge is launching a call for applications for the second round of our online, open licensed, and tuition-free Spanish-language Open Internet Course. The 13-week course, designed to train and cultivate a new generation of Spanish speaking leaders to defend the free and open internet, will begin on June 27. Applications will be accepted until June 10 and we encourage all who are interested to apply as soon as possible.

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