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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

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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