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Public Knowledge Urges AT&T To Abandon T-Mobile Pursuit

December 9, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

At a court hearing this morning, the Justice Department said it will file next Tuesday at noon a motion to stay the case or to have it withdrawn.  AT&T will have by the end of Wednesday to reply and a hearing will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

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

“We are pleased that the Justice Department will file next week to halt the case against the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile.   Judge Ellen Huvelle was right to be skeptical about AT&T’s claims that ‘nothing has changed’ since the company withdrew its application from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“AT&T is attempting to use the court system to force approval of the deal from the FCC and to avoid a break-up fee before the deal’s deadline next year.  As Huvelle pointed out, any concerns about timing, however, are of AT&T’s own making.

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Public Knowledge Commends Wyden-Issa Alternative To Internet-Killing IP Bill

December 8, 2011 Press Release , Protect IP Act , SOPA

Background: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and several colleagues have released draft legislation to curb online copyright infringement.  Text of the draft and discussion of it is here.  

 The Twitter hash tag #open was set up to discuss the draft bill.

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

“We are very pleased that Senator Wyden, Rep. Issa and their colleagues of both parties in both the Senate and House have come up with a more reasonable approach to combating foreign copyright infringement than the bills currently before Congress.

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Public Knowledge Questions Google-Verizon Dispute Over ‘Wallet’ Application

December 6, 2011 Network Neutrality , Network Open Access , Press Release

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

 

“It is unfortunate that the Federal Communications Commission chose to give wireless Internet access a second-class status to becoming an open network.

“Today’s dispute between Google and Verizon is just the type of situation that likely would not happen if it were clear that a firm ‘no discrimination’ standard were in effect for wireless services.

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Public Knowledge Pleased with FCC Statement on BART Policy Adoption

December 2, 2011 BART , FCC , Mobile Communication , Press Release

Background: 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. Later that month, Public Knowledge along with eight other public interest organizations filed a Petition asking the FCC to declare that the BART’s actions violated the Communications Act. Yesterday, BART adopted a new policy on cell service interruption. 

The link to our August petition is here: https://www.publicknowledge.org/emergency-petition-declaratory-ruling-re-bart

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, Legal Director of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Sees Benefits To Cable Spectrum Sale

December 2, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

 

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


“On the one hand, it is good news that Verizon is paying $3.6 billion to buy useful spectrum from the cable company consortium. Spectrum is better held in the hands of those who will use it, as opposed to those who don’t.

“The transaction also shows how relatively cheaply more spectrum can be acquired by those who need it. The purchase price is about one-tenth of the amount AT&T wants to pay for T-Mobile to theoretically solve AT&T’s spectrum shortage.

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Public Knowledge Asks Copyright Office To Allow DVD ‘Space Shifting’

December 1, 2011 Anti-circumvention , Press Release

Public Knowledge today recommended to the U.S. Copyright Office that consumers be given the ability to “space shift” DVDs among various devices they may own, by cracking the encryption on the DVDs.

 PK made the recommendation as part of the Copyright Office’s proceeding that takes place every three years to evaluate suggested exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

The PK filing is here.

Unlike music CDs, video DVDs are usually encrypted.  It is currently a violation of the DMCA to break the encryption in order to copy the video onto another device.

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Public Knowledge Defends FCC on AT&T Takeover Report

December 1, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

Background:  Earlier today, AT&T chief lobbyist Jim Cicconi complained on his company’s blog about the treatment the company’s takeover of T-Mobile received at the FCC.    That post is here. http://attpublicpolicy.com/wireless/att-response-to-fcc-staff-report/

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

 

“The FCC staff report explains in meticulous detail why AT&T’s claims on every issue were simply not credible.  The staff went into exhaustive analysis of AT&T’s economic models, engineering plans, financial data and public statements to come up with its conclusion that the takeover is not in the public interest.

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Public Knowledge Releases Details of AT&T Lobbying, Media Campaigns

November 30, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

AT&T has hired three former U.S. senators, four former members of the House and dozens of staff members of current and former legislators of both parties to push its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile, according to a review of lobbying records by Public Knowledge.

In addition, PK also released information showing AT&T has spent $40 million in advertising to push the merger between May and October.  Of that total, about $14 million was spent in June alone.  The bulk of the spending was for TV ads, much of that concentrated in Washington and New York.

The roster of the AT&T All-Star Lobbying Team is here.

A spreadsheet of the advertising data is here

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC On Release of AT&T Investigation

November 29, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this afternoon said it would release as a staff report the Commission investigation of AT&T’s application to take over T-Mobile.  The Commission is also allowing AT&T to withdraw its application.

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

 “The information that the FCC compiled over much of this year should spell the end of AT&T’s attempted takeover of T-Mobile.  The Commission was prepared to challenge on the basis of its investigation the justifications AT&T gave for the takeover, including those that the deal would somehow create tens of thousands of jobs.

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Public Knowledge and Media Access Project Accuse AT&T Of ‘Gamesmanship’ On Merger Application; Call

November 28, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

Public Knowledge (PK) and Media Access Project (MAP) said today that AT&T and T-Mobile were engaging in “litigation gamesmanship” in the companies’ attempt to withdraw their merger application from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

In a filing with the FCC, the groups also said that the Commission’s order designating the transaction for a formal hearing should be released because “the public deserves for the Commission’s determinations to see the light of day.”

The filing is here.

The companies have said they have said the FCC has no authority to act on their withdrawal.  PK and MAP disagree.

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