Items tagged "Press Release"

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Public Knowledge Commends Verizon On Dropping Fee

December 30, 2011 Press Release , Verizon

The following is attributed to Art Brodsky, communications director for Public Knowledge:



“Verizon should be commended for recognizing so quickly the mistake it made in proposing a $2 ‘convenience fee’ for its customers who wanted to pay their bills in the same way in which they make online purchases all the time. Verizon dropped the fee a day after proposing it.



“Now attention can continue to focus on Verizon’s campaign to eliminate competition for high-speed Internet access through its joint marketing deal with major cable companies. The Justice Department is right to investigate that arrangement.”





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Public Knowledge Congratulates FCC on White Spaces Announcement

December 22, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum , White Space

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

“We congratulate the FCC on its announcement today that it has certified a database and device capable of using the TV white spaces. This marks a new era in open wireless technology, which already contributes $50 billion every year to the American economy. 

“The newly certified ‘Super WiFi’ will increase the capacity of these networks tenfold, improving the wireless broadband experience for all Americans while creating new opportunities for innovation and job creation.”

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Public Knowledge is Thankful AT&T/T-Mobile Merger is Over

December 19, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

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

“In this age of cynicism, it is important for the American people to see that Washington does not always go to the highest bidder. The Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission stood up to tremendous lobbying pressure as AT&T spent tens of millions of dollars trying to push this merger through. 

“We hope that AT&T and T-Mobile will focus on deploying the best, most competitive networks possible rather than trying to merge to duopoly. These businesses are fundamentally sound, and have what it takes to bring broadband and jobs to America on their own. We look forward to seeing them rethink what’s possible, rather than trying to rule the air.

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Closely Examine Verizon Spectrum Purchase

December 19, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

Per standard procedure, Verizon has officially applied with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to purchase spectrum from Spectrum Co. 

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

“It is critical that the FCC be prepared to act if the application and the agreements raise the possibility of anti-competitive coordination. While it is important to get spectrum into productive use, the possibility that this may create ‘backdoor’ channels by which competitors may divide the market and keep out potential new entrants is very real. The FCC has authority to insist on reviewing the associated agreements, whatever the parties may say.”

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Public Knowledge Disappointed by Scheduling of SOPA Markup

December 16, 2011 Press Release , SOPA

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Smith just announced that markup of SOPA will resume at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

The following statement is attributed to Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge:

“Continuing a markup on December 21, when many members may well be absent, demonstrates a clear desire to continue dodging the questions raised by experts, members, and the public.

“This unwillingness to take expert evidence, listen to constituents, or conduct due diligence in investigating the extraordinary harms risked by SOPA shows a process divorced from representation, responsibility, and reality.”

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Public Knowledge Urges Members to Examine Legitimate Concerns of SOPA

December 16, 2011 Press Release , SOPA

Following almost a day and a half of heated debate, the House Judiciary Committee adjourned its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. Movement on the legislation will pick back up when the House reconvenes at the end of January 2012.

The following statement is attributed to Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge:

“Throughout the markup process, there has been clear disagreement and misunderstanding among members themselves about what is in the bill, to say nothing of what it actually does. 

“SOPA, as written, would threaten the functioning, freedom, and economic potential of the internet. We hope the members of the House Judiciary Committee take this break as an opportunity to carefully examine the legitimate concerns raised by the tech industry, cybersecurity experts, public interest groups, and human-rights organizations.”

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Groups Urge Congress to Preserve FCC Flexibility in Spectrum Allocation

December 16, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

Contact: Katie Barr
Glen Echo Group
202-525-4343
kbarr@glenechogroup.com

Congress should not impose “harmful constraints on the ability of the FCC to make appropriate spectrum allocation decisions,” 20 companies, trade associations, and public interest groups said today. 

In a letter to the Senate and House, the groups expressed concern over spectrum allocation provisions included in the JOBS Act passed by the House on Tuesday, and urged negotiators to “modify these provisions to preserve the FCC’s existing authority to respond to changes in this continually evolving and dynamic market,” saying,

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC Statement on Importance of Unlicensed Spectrum

December 14, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

On Tuesday evening, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski voiced concern about language that has been rolled into recently-passed the House GOP payroll tax bill. While the bill does create voluntary incentive auctions for spectrum reallocation, it does not allow the FCC to adopt unlicensed spectrum policies, among other things.

Chairman Genachowski’s statement is here

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

“Especially in light of the recent study by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) which found that the consumer benefits of unlicensed spectrum exceed $50 billion every year, we commend Chairman Genachowski for highlighting the importance of unlicensed spectrum. We could not agree with him more that

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PK Recognizes FCC Commissioner Michael Copps for 10 Years of Service

December 13, 2011 FCC , Press Release

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

Today, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps participated in his last formal Commission meeting. Commissioner Copps will formally step down on January 1, 2012, unless his replacement, Jessica Rosenworcel, is confirmed before then.

The following statement may be attributed to Harold Feld, Legal Director, Public Knowledge.

“The heartfelt expressions of congratulations and respect given Michael Copps today by his fellow Commissioners on the occasion of his last public meeting should be echoed by all Americans. Though only a handful of Americans has heard of Commissioner Copps, he has worked tirelessly for ten years on behalf of all Americans, whether they knew it or not.

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Public Knowledge Advises AT&T to End Takeover Now

December 12, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

U.S. Dist. Judge Ellen Huvelle, at the request of AT&T and the Justice Department, stayed proceedings in the case until Jan. 18.

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

“We hope that AT&T will take the contemplative time over the holidays to realize that it should now call the transaction to an orderly halt. It is time for AT&T to end this now and save everyone a lot of time time and money for a case it cannot win.”

A transcript of last Friday’s court hearing at which U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle expressed open skepticism that AT&T and Deutsche Telekom could proceed with their transaction is here.

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