Items tagged "Press Release"

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Shutdowns Of Wireless Service Threaten Public Safety, Groups Tell FCC

May 1, 2012 BART , Press Release

No government or private company should be able to shut down wireless service in an emergency, several public interest groups told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in comments filed late April 30.

The Commission had asked for comments on the issue in the wake of a shutdown of service in San Francisco by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District.

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Public Knowledge Accepting Nominations for IP3 Awards

April 19, 2012 IP3 , Press Release

Public Knowledge today put out the call for public nominations for its ninth annual IP3 awards, which honor achievement in Intellectual Property, Internet Protocol and Information Policy.

The awards will be presented Sept. 12 in Washington. Deadline for entry is May 16. Entries can be mailed to: ip3nominees@publicknowledge.org

This year’s judges will be:

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Public Knowledge Tracks Secretive Trade Talks

April 18, 2012 Press Release , TPP

On May 8, the latest negotiating session for the latest secretive trade agreement will start in Dallas and continue for two weeks.  The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a wide-ranging agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and eight countries, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Like its predecessor, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), most of the work is being done behind doors closed to the general public.  Also like ACTA, there could be severe harmful effects on copyright law.  (Unlike ACTA, at some point the agreement will be considered by Congress.)

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Public Knowledge Expresses Doubts About Verizon Spectrum Sale

April 18, 2012 Press Release , VerizonSpectrumCo

Background: Verizon announced today that it would sell some of its wireless licenses if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the company’s plan to buy spectrum from major cable companies and to have marketing agreements with the cable companies.

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

“There is less than meets the eye to Verizon’s spectrum sale. At the end of the day, Verizon and the cable companies will still have created a cartel in which Verizon will rule the air for wireless broadband and cable will offer the only widespread true high-speed landline Internet services.

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Public Knowledge Sees Net Neutrality Issue with Comcast Product

March 26, 2012 Data Caps , Network Neutrality , Press Release

The following is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge:
 
“The reports that Comcast is offering a video product through the Xbox 360 without the data counting toward the customer’s data cap raises questions not only of the justification for the caps but, more importantly, of the survival of an Open Internet.
 
“This type of arrangement is exactly the type of situation the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules on the Open Internet were designed to prevent — that an Internet Service Provider juggles the rules to give itself an advantage over a competitor.
 
“The Xbox 360 provides a number of video services to compete for customer dollars, yet only one service is not counted against the data cap — the one provided by Comcast.
 

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Public Knowledge Disappointed With AT&T Comments on T-Mobile

March 23, 2012 AT&T , Press Release

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

“It was truly unfortunate that a top AT&T official blamed some layoffs at T-Mobile on the government’s blocking of AT&T’s takeover of its competitor.  T-Mobile started losing customers and distributors when the takeover started.  Their ads and marketing were frozen as the deal dragged on, and customers left.  Now they face getting those customers back and investing in their network. 

“It’s also worth noting that had AT&T won, perhaps ten times as many jobs would have been lost than 1,900 announced today, as AT&T’s history of layoffs after transactions has shown.  If AT&T cared about job loss, they could start replacing many of the tens of thousands of jobs they have eliminated over the last few years.”

 

 

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Public Knowledge Criticizes FCC ‘Inexcusable’ Delay On Data Caps Investigation

March 23, 2012 FCC , Press Release

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

“Millions of consumers and at least two major publications have now discovered that the new iPads which went on sale come with a hidden cost – the caps on data usage which wireless carriers put on consumers.

“It’s a ridiculous situation that the carriers sell millions of these devices specifically designed to view video on one hand, while they restrict the usage of their networks for video on the other.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC On Pro-Consumer Actions

March 21, 2012 Press Release , Spectrum Licensing

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at its meeting today adopted two notices of proposed rulemaking.  One would require carriers to make certain their devices operating in the 700 MHz band could be used on each other’s network.  The other would open up spectrum for Dish Network to offer a terrestrial service.

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

“We are pleased the FCC has started down the path to help consumers by furthering competition. Consumers should be able to use expensive smartphones operating on the newest, fastest, spectrum bands on any carrier’s service, and not have to buy another phone if they change companies.

“In addition, the Commission is encouraging broadband competition by opening up terrestrial satellite spectrum for another potential competitor to help consumers.”

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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC Actions On Verizon/Cable Deal

March 8, 2012 Comcast , Press Release , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo

The Federal Communications Commission today asked Verizon and its cable industry partners for detailed information surrounding the $3.9 billion sale of spectrum held by the cable companies to Verizon and about joint marketing agreements between Verizon and the cable partners.

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

“We are very pleased that the Commission is following an aggressive course in asking for more information for a deal that could create a new communications cartel in this country. 

“Verizon should be required to show whether it is going to have spectrum shortages.  Comcast should be required to provide plans to prove it actually considered entering the wireless business.  All of the companies should provide full documents to show the extent of the joint marketing arrangements.

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Public Knowledge and Media Access Project Ask FTC Investigation of Music Deal

March 7, 2012 Antitrust , FTC , Press Release , UMGEMI

Universal Music Group’s takeover of competitor EMI, along with the sale of EMI’s music publishing business to Sony, have the potential to thwart innovation in digital music, drive up prices and minimize choices for consumers, Public Knowledge and Media Access Project told the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today.

In a letter to the agency, the two groups noted that the purchase would reduce the number of major record labels from four to three, giving the combined UMG/EMI company about 40 percent of sales.  Similarly, the sale of the music publishing business would “give it a significant blocking position” by allowing it to control 32 percent of publishing revenues worldwide.  A combined company would hold publishing rights to 64 of the Billboard Hot 100 titles from 2011, the groups said.

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