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Media Alert: Public Knowledge to Host Press Briefing on Ending the Cable Box Rip-off

February 16, 2016 FCC , Press Release , Set-Top Box , Video Innovation , Video Marketplace

Public Knowledge will host a press briefing Wednesday, February 17 at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the Federal Communications Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to unlock the set-top box market. According to research by the Consumer Federation of America, cable subscribers are overpaying somewhere between $6 and $14 billion annually to rent cable boxes to watch TV on outdated devices. This simultaneously limits how consumers access their pay-TV content while raking in billions of dollars for the cable industry in rental fees in an era when most other consumer electronics costs have actually decreased.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Hosts Broadband Privacy Panel February 17

February 16, 2016 Broadband , Press Release , Privacy , Tech Transitions

Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute at New America will host a panel on broadband privacy February 17 from 10 to 11 a.m at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The panel, “Preserving Broadband Network Privacy,” will discuss what potential privacy protections might look like if the Federal Communications Commission were to step forward and apply them to broadband today. The panel will also present recent writings on the topic, including a paper from Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld.

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Public Knowledge Opposes Rate Regulation Bill that Undermines FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

February 11, 2016 FCC , Net Neutrality , Press Release

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Communications subcommittee voted 15-11 to approve the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act (H.R. 2666) without amendments. This bill, introduced by Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating broadband Internet access rates “without regard to any other provision of law,” namely the 2015 Open Internet Order. Public Knowledge continues to defend Net Neutrality and the FCC’s authority to protect consumers from overcharges and carrier abuse such as price gouging and data caps.

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Public Knowledge and Costumers File Amicus Brief at Supreme Court

February 9, 2016 Copyright , Copyright Reform , Press Release

Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in Varsity Brands v. Star Athletica before the Supreme Court of the United States. The International Costumers’ Guild and the Royal Manticoran Navy, two popular costuming organizations, joined Public Knowledge in this brief urging the Supreme Court to consider the rights of hobbyists and consumers potentially affected by this case.

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Media Alert: Public Knowledge Hosts Video Marketplace Briefing February 5

February 3, 2016 FCC , Press Release , Video Competition , Video Innovation , Video Marketplace

Public Knowledge will host a briefing on video competition and independent programming February 5 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The briefing, “Unlocking Diversity and Consumer Choice in the Video Marketplace,” will discuss two items from the Federal Communications Commission’s February agenda: one that would create a competitive marketplace for consumer choice on video devices, and another that seeks to examine the systemic problems content creators face in gaining viewership in a world where Big Cable serves as the content gatekeeper.

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A Competitive Video Set-top Box Market Could Save Consumers Billions

January 20, 2016 FCC , Press Release , Set-Top Box , Video Innovation , Video Marketplace

Today, Consumer Federation of America and Public Knowledge sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to begin a rulemaking proceeding to reform the video set-top box market.

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Public Knowledge Joins Nearly 60 Consumer Groups Urging FCC to Protect Privacy

January 20, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Press Release , Privacy

Today, Public Knowledge and nearly 60 other public interest groups sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him to move forward with a rulemaking on Internet Service Provider privacy.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Ensure a Competitive Set-top Box Marketplace for Consumers

January 19, 2016 FCC , Press Release , Set-Top Box , Video Marketplace

Today, Public Knowledge and six other public interest groups sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, urging him to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to ensure a competitive set-top box marketplace for consumers.

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Congress Preserves Net Neutrality, FCC Authority in Omnibus Spending Agreement

December 16, 2015 Congress , FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Press Release

Today, Congress released its proposed omnibus bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. This compromise proposal removes a provision that would have restricted the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to enforce its landmark net neutrality rules adopted in February 2015. Republicans included this provision in initial appropriations bills passed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees last summer. The proposal also increases FCC funding to $344 million, providing $44 million more than Fiscal Year 2015. Congress plans to vote on the compromise proposal by the end of this week.

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Public Knowledge Defends Net Neutrality Rules in D.C. Circuit

December 4, 2015 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Press Release

Today, Public Knowledge, as part of a broad coalition of intervenors, presented oral arguments defending the Federal Communications Commission’s February 2015 Open Internet Order before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Public Knowledge filed as an intervenor along with other public interest groups and Internet companies opposing the U.S. Telecom Association’s challenge to the FCC’s net neutrality rules reclassifying broadband Internet as a telecommunications service. Kevin Russell delivered the arguments on behalf of Public Knowledge, Free Press and Open Technology Institute.

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