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Public Knowledge ‘Disappointed’ With Hill Opposition To Net Neutrality

February 16, 2011 Network Neutrality , Press Release


 Background:  A number of Republican legislators introduced resolutions to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality rules.


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


 “We are disappointed that many leaders in the House and Senate have chosen to introduce job-killing legislation that would throttle the greatest job-creating mechanism we have ever seen.

 “Time after time, in case aftercase, we have seen that a neutral, open Internet leads to job creation, in small businesses, and in small businesses that can become big businesses. 

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Public Knowledge Seeks Limits On ACTA Trade Deal

February 15, 2011 ACTA , Press Release

Public Knowledge today outlined three principles that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) should observe before it signs the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

A copy of the comments is here.

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Public Knowledge Warns of Dangers of ‘Net Neutrality’ Rule Repeal

February 15, 2011 Network Neutrality , Press Release

Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge, warned that repeal of the Net Neutrality rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would “result in long-term damage to the Internet economy.”

In written testimony to the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, Sohn also praised antitrust law and Federal Communications Commission Net Neutrality regulations as methods to protect consumers.

You can find here written statement here.

The oral statement is here.

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Public Knowledge Commends Obama Wireless Proposals

February 10, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum , Wireless

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

“We are very pleased that the issues of wireless broadband deployment has attracted the attention of the President of the United States.   As many have observed, wireless Internet access is the wave of the future and a source of jobs and innovation.

“The investments promoted by the Administration would, if implemented, go a long way to bringing next generation wireless service to areas which may not receive it any other way.  The Wireless Innovation Fund will also promote a new generation of U.S. leadership for wireless technology, in licensed and unlicensed use.

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Public Knowledge Comment On Wireless Industry Short-Code Task Force

February 2, 2011 Press Release , TXTSMS

Background:  CTIA, The Wireless Association and its affiliate Mobile Marketing Association this morning announced plans for a task force to work on two issues related to short codes.  The announcement is here.

The following is attributed to Michael Weinberg, staff attorney for Public Knowledge:

“We are encouraged that the wireless industry has at last recognized that there is a problem with the long time it takes to obtain a short code, and has set up a group to work on the issue.

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Public Knowledge Comment on Justice Department Filing on Comcast Merger

January 18, 2011 Antitrust , Comcast , Press Release

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

“The Justice Department was correct to undertake such a rigorous antitrust analysis of the Comcast takeover of NBC Universal.  Such a transaction could be exceedingly harmful to the public and to competition in the online video and program access arenas.

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Public Knowledge Comment on Comcast-NBCU Merger

January 18, 2011 Comcast , FCC , Network Neutrality , Press Release

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

“From the beginning of this process, Public Knowledge’s primary focus has been on the potential for this merger to slow the development of online video as a new choice for consumers.  We are pleased that the conditions in this merger, if properly enforced, will allow new online competitors to cable to develop, much as satellite service did in the 1990s.

“We are also pleased that the FCC has committed to consider a notice of proposed rulemaking on program carriage. We look forward to working with the FCC to ensure that independent programmers enjoy the freedom to distribute their programming both online and offline.

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Public Knowledge Questions FCC’s 911 Policy

December 21, 2010 Broadband , Press Release

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

“In addition to the main event at the Federal Communications Commission today, the Commission approved a Notice of Inquiry to start examining the transition between today’s 911 service and a broadband-based 911 system.


“One of the major issues in this proceeding is what authority the Commission has to proceed to a rulemaking.  As we know, and have discussed in the Net Neutrality and Open Internet dockets, the Commission’s authority in broadband matters has been suspect since the April 6 decision at the U.S. Appeals Court overturned the Commission’s actions in the Comcast case.

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Public Knowledge Disappointed With FCC Order

December 20, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release

Background:  We learned this afternoon that Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps will vote to approve a Net Neutrality order tomorrow at the monthly FCC meeting.  The statement below is based on what we have been able to learn about that order so far.

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

The actions by the Federal Communications Commission fall far short of what they could have been. Instead of a rule that would protect everyone, from consumers to applications developers from predatory practices of telephone and cable companies, the Commission settled for much less.  Instead of strong, firm rules providing clear protections, the Commission created a vague and shifting landscape open to interpretation.  Consumers deserved better.  The FCC should have fought for consumers, not put the burden on them to fight for their rights.

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Public Knowledge Proposes Plan to Modernize Copyright Office, Asks Term Limits

December 6, 2010 Copyright Office , Press Release

The U.S. Copyright Office should use the occasion of the appointment of a new Register of Copyrights to make fundamental changes in how the Office operates, Public Knowledge said today in a new paper, “A Copyright Office for the 21st Century.” Current Register Marybeth Peters has served since 1994 and has announced she will retire at the end of this year.

A full copy of the report is here.

The new Register “must modernize both the operation of the copyright registry and its approach to policymaking,” PK said.  In addition, PK recommended putting a limit of 10 years on the amount of time a Register can serve.

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