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Public Knowledge Praises FCC’s Digital Literacy Programs

October 12, 2011 Broadband , Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 12, 2011

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski earlier today announced a series of programs to improve digital literacy.

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

“We commend Chairman Genachowski for his commitment to digital literacy, and for his efforts to help improve the ability of Americans to find jobs and to receive the proper training for jobs. His recognition of libraries as a center for job training, and support for more funding of libraries, is important as budgets of local libraries around the country are under continuous pressure. We also commend the private sector partners in their effort to use their resources to provide training and resources for job seekers.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Signing of Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement

September 27, 2011 ACTA , Press Release

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be signed this weekend in Japan, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today.

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

“At the time ACTA is signed, the Obama Administration should make it clear that the Agreement is consistent with, and does not change, U.S. law, particularly the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

“We believe such a statement is necessary because there are still sufficient ambiguities in some parts of the Agreement that could conflict with U.S. law.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Net Neutrality Rules

September 23, 2011 Network Neutrality , Press Release

The Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules were published today in the Federal Register, to take effect on Nov. 20.

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

“We are pleased that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules to protect an open Internet have been published.  Although we wished they could have been stronger, we believe that the rules approved by the Commission are a good start to making certain consumers and innovators are protected from the power of large telephone and cable companies to remake the Internet to suit favored partners.  We are prepared to vigorously defend the FCC’s rules in court and in Congress.

“Congress should allow the litigation to move forward to resolve intricate legal issues without political interference.

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Public Knowledge Says GOP Support for AT&T ‘Comes At A Price’ — Company Promotes Fundraiser for Pro

September 20, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

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

“It is a shame even at this late date that Members of Congress are willing to endorse claims by AT&T that have been proven false.  The transaction will not help rural areas.  It will not create jobs.  There is no settlement agreement that could remedy the harms this transaction would cause.  But the situation gets even worse.

“Today’s House Republican letter is yet another indication that AT&T’s Congressional support for its takeover of T-Mobile comes at a price.  In this case, the total is close to $1,000,000.  That’s how much the company gave to members of Congress who signed the letter and who are willing to allow their constituents to be subjected to a wireless market controlled by only two huge companies.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Cellular South Suit Against Takeover

September 19, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

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

“Cellular South has just shattered the myth that AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile will be good for rural America.  This company, which does business in many rural areas in the South, today filed its own suit to stop the takeover.

“Their complaint demonstrates how customers in rural areas would be put at an even more severe disadvantage should the deal go through, through higher roaming rates, less access to devices and an overall incentive and ability to exclude competitors.”

Cellular South provides service in most of Mississippi, and some portions of Tennessee, Alabama, the Florida panhandle.  A copy of the complaint is here.

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Public Knowledge Pleased States Joining Suit Blocking AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

September 16, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

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

“We are very pleased that that the attorneys general from seven states, including California and New York, have agreed today to join the Justice Department lawsuit that would block AT&T from taking over T-Mobile.

“Their participation is an indication that states, too, recognize the tremendous harm that this deal would cause to consumers across the country and to our economy generally, and that they do not agree with AT&T’s claims of benefits from the deal, including the creation of new jobs.

The states joining the lawsuit are: New York, Washington, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Congressional Letter regarding AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

September 15, 2011 AT&T , Press Release

Earlier today, a small group of members of Congress led by Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) sent a letter to President Obama urging that the Administration reverse course and approve the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile, arguing that the deal was needed as a boost to the economy.

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

“We thought the issues of job creation and investment had long been settled.  It is perfectly clear that AT&T’s history has been to destroy jobs, not to create them.  The company has shed 10,000 jobs a year for the past ten years.  There is no reason to believe that the takeover of T-Mobile will do anything to change that dynamic.  To the contrary, T-Mobile has created jobs at the same time AT&T has cut them.  And by removing T-Mobile’s investment, the amount of money spent on improving the wireless networks will less, not more.

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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC White Spaces Testing

September 14, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum , White Space

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

“We are very gratified that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started to begin testing a crucial element for the use of the “white spaces” between digital TV channels (white spaces).  The Commission said that on Sept. 19 it would begin a 45-day trial of the first of nine databases that will allow new devices using the white spaces to operate without interfering with existing broadcasters.

“It’s vitally important for our economy, for innovation and for consumers that development of devices built around white spaces go forward.  This trial is an important first step to a new era of communications and other technologies.  We commend FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for putting this process in motion.”

A copy of the FCC order is here.

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Public Knowledge Presents Eighth IP3 Awards to Wyden, Noveck, Jaszi

September 8, 2011 IP3 , Press Release

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn announced that three winners have been chosen for the 2011 IP3 awards.

This year, the awards will be given Sen. Ron Wyden, Beth Noveck and Peter Jaszi.  Awards are given to individuals who over the past year (or over the course of their careers) have advanced the public interest in one of the three areas of “IP” –Intellectual Property, Information Policy and Internet Protocol. The awards will be presented at a ceremony Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C. (that will also feature a roast of Public Knowledge).

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Public Knowledge’s President Reacts to Peer-to-Peer Self-Help Bill

July 25, 2002 Fair Use , News & Analysis , Press Release

While enforcing the Copyright Act and preventing copyright infringement are worthy goals, Representative Berman's Peer-to-Peer Self-Help bill goes too far. Rep. Berman's bill gives the content industry great latitude to engage in harmful behavior that could affect lawful consumer activities, as well as unlawful behavior.

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