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Federal Circuit Protects Open Internet from Trade Agency Incursion in ClearCorrect v. ITC

November 10, 2015 Net Neutrality , Press Release , SOPA

This morning, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in ClearCorrect v. International Trade Commission. The Court rejected the ITC’s attempt to block transmissions of digital data, holding that “[t]he Commission’s decision to expand the scope of its jurisdiction to include electronic transmissions of digital data runs counter to the ‘unambiguously expressed intent of Congress.'”

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Public Knowledge Applauds Reps. Eshoo, Walden for Bipartisan Fiber Deployment ‘Dig Once’ Bill

October 22, 2015 Broadband , Broadband Access , Fiber , Press Release , Rural Broadband

Today, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, and Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the Subcommittee, introduced the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill, also known as “Dig Once,” would mandate the inclusion of broadband conduit — plastic pipes through which companies can easily pull fiber cables when construction is finished — during the construction or upgrade of roads receiving federal funding.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC, Commissioner Clyburn for Limiting Prison Phone Rates

October 22, 2015 FCC , Press Release , Prison Phones

Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued an Order limiting the inmate calling service rates that can be charged for calls to and from prisons and jails in the United States. The Order finds the monopoly rates charged by providers “unjust and unreasonable.” As those incarcerated generally must call collect, the high cost of these monopoly charges generally fall on the families of the incarcerated. The FCC Order establishes a cap on the costs that telephone providers can charge, enabling families of the incarcerated to remain in contact with their loved ones — a factor numerous studies have shown helps prevent recidivism.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Court’s Decision to Keep Net Neutrality Rules in Place

June 11, 2015 Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Press Release

Today, the DC Circuit Court denied a Motion for Stay of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules. This enables the FCC to immediately implement its landmark Order, which reclassifies broadband Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The DC Circuit was right on the law and the facts in rejecting the carriers’ extraordinary claims, and while the carriers’ case is being heard, Internet users will benefit from the protection of the FCC’s rules.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC for Advancing Competitive Protections for Online Video

December 19, 2014 FCC , Future of Video , MVPD , Press Release , Video

Today, the Federal Communications Commission tentatively concluded that online services qualify as “multichannel programming distributors” and asked for further public input on some technical issues. The FCC’s legal conclusion means that certain online services will qualify for competitive protections, among other things.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Termination of Patent Reform Bill

May 21, 2014 Patent Reform , Press Release

“It is unfortunate that, after over a year of negotiations and discussions, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act has been pulled from the docket. Although ‘companies on both sides of the issue’ could not come to agreement, the real loser here is the American consumer. Patent abuse raises costs on consumer products, keeps innovators from bringing products to markets, and blocks all individuals from fully accessing the wealth of technology. Without the bipartisan, White House-supported, widely agreed-upon reforms that were pending before the Senate, consumers will continue to pay a tax for an outmoded, misused patent system.”

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Public Knowledge Tells FCC It Should Act Now To Block AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

September 1, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

Public Knowledge today followed up the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to file a court blocking AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile by asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use its authority under the Communications Act to reject the deal immediately.

PK said in a filing with the Commission that the FCC is required to turn down the deal under provision of the law that prohibits the agency from approving deals that reduce competition for any international phone service (Sec. 314 of the Act).

A copy of the letter is here.

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Public Interest Groups Ask FCC to Declare BART Actions Unlawful

August 29, 2011 Interference , Jamming , Mobile Communication , Press Release , Wireless

Contact: Harold Feld
             202-861-0020
             hfeld@publicknowledge.org

             Sherwin Siy
             202-861-0020
             ssiy@publicknowledge.org

On August 11, 2011, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), anticipating protests and demonstrations in its stations, shut down access to cellular communications, disrupted mobile phone and data service to a massive number of consumers for up to four hours.

Today, Public Knowledge, along with a coalition of other public interest organizations, listed below, urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to immediately find that BART violated federal law and to clarify that local government agencies may not interfere with access to mobile phone networks.

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Public Knowledge Statement on FCC Restarting AT&T/T-Mobile Shot Clock

August 26, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

Contact: Gigi B. Sohn

             202-253-0876 (mobile)

             gbsohn@publicknowledge.org

Public Knowledge Statement on FCC Restarting AT&T/T-Mobile Shot Clock

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it has re-started the internal 180 day “shot clock” governing the agency’s review of AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The following quote can be attributed to Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi B. Sohn: 

“We are glad the Commission has decided that AT&T has had more than enough chances to make its case, and is restarting the clock on the merits. Now that AT&T has conceded that it has played its last card, it is time for the FCC and the DoJ to bring this proceeding to a close by rejecting the merger.”

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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC Decision on Qualcomm Deal With AT&T

August 9, 2011 AT&T , Press Release , Spectrum

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last night halted its evaluation of AT&T’s $1.9 billion spectrum purchase from Qualcomm.  Bureau Chief Rick Kaplan said in a letter to the companies that deal would be considered “in a coordinated manner” with AT&T’s $39 billion application to takeover competitor T-Mobile.

The FCC letter is here.

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

“We are pleased that the Commission has decided to consider AT&T’s purchase of Qualcomm spectrum in the context of AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile.  It doesn’t matter whether both transactions are in the same docket; the fact that the Bureau will consider them together in any manner is a strong statement.

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