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Public Knowledge Hails FCC Spectrum Actions

November 30, 2010 Press Release , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing

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

“We commend the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its actions this morning on spectrum policy.  Together, they show the willingness to make certain that all options are being considered, from auctions to leasing spectrum to use of unlicensed spectrum.

“The Commission’s actions will facilitate imaginative, new and innovative approaches to making more efficient use of spectrum, which will lead to increased benefits to consumers.  We applaud the Commission for looking to all stakeholders and encouraging a cooperative, collaborative and creative approach to meeting our future wireless needs.”





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Groups Ask Court To Throw Out ‘Radical Approach’ To Copyright Enforcement

November 16, 2010 DMCA , Press Release

A federal judge in New York should preserve the protections for online service providers provided under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), rather than accede to demands from the entertainment industry which would “turn back the clock” on established copyright enforcement principles, four groups said today in a brief filed with the U.S. District Court in New York City.

The amicus brief is here.

In a case brought by 29 record companies against MP3tunes.com, the groups, Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Electronics Association and Home Recording Rights Coalition, said that the faulty interpretations of the law by the entertainment firms could, if upheld in court, would rewrite the 1998 DMCA to industry standards.

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Public Interest Groups Urge FCC To Act on Net Neutrality Policy

November 5, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release


Six public interest groups yesterday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move ahead with a rulemaking to guarantee an open and non-discriminatory Internet.

In reply comments to the FCC, Public Knowledge, Benton Foundation, Center for Media Justice, Consumers Union, Media Access Project and New America Foundation said that the FCC “should move swiftly ahead” and complete the proceeding based on the information in the public record, rather than waiting for a consensus to emerge.

The comments are here.

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Public Interest Groups Urge FCC To Act on Net Neutrality Policy

November 5, 2010 Network Neutrality , Press Release


Six public interest groups yesterday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move ahead with a rulemaking to guarantee an open and non-discriminatory Internet.

In reply comments to the FCC, Public Knowledge, Benton Foundation, Center for Media Justice, Consumers Union, Media Access Project and New America Foundation said that the FCC “should move swiftly ahead” and complete the proceeding based on the information in the public record, rather than waiting for a consensus to emerge.

The comments are here.

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Public Knowledge Tells Trade Agency To Clarify Law Enforcement Role

November 5, 2010 ACTA , Press Release , Special 301 , USTR

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) plan to publish a separate list of  “notorious markets” as part of its report on intellectual property emphasizes the agency’s transformation from a trade agency into a law enforcement agency, Public Knowledge (PK) said in comments to USTR filed Thursday (Nov. 5).

“The USTR should stop its transformation into a law enforcement agency,” PK said, adding that “at a minimum” the agency should “acknowledge its new enforcement agenda, and improve its process to respect legal norms.”

A full copy of the comments is here.

In its filing, PK said that USTR is trying to “have it both ways,” by claiming that the “notorious markets” list is not a finding of a violation of law, yet at the same time encouraging local authorities to increase their efforts to combat “piracy.”

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Public Knowledge Wary of Lessons From Cablevision-Fox Dispute

October 31, 2010 FCC , Press Release

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

“We are pleased that consumers in the New York City area and in Philadelphia will be able to watch programming on the Fox channels, including the World Series and entertainment shows.

“However, we worry that the lack of action and involvement from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not portend well for consumers.  Knowing that there was no pressure on the broadcaster to lower its demands, Cablevision conceded defeat, while claiming that they are paying too much for programming.

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC On Special Access Inquiry

October 29, 2010 Press Release , Special Access

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

“We are pleased that the FCC is moving ahead with a targeted data request to find the facts from a very distorted special access market that is overcharging business customers by an estimated $10 billion. The nature of the request encourages us to believe that the FCC is closing in on the key issues, and will be able to propose needed changes to promote competition and lower prices sooner rather than later.  We note that while the request is voluntary at this point, the FCC has the power to compel full and honest responses. We expect the FCC will use that authority if it doesn’t receive the information it needs.”

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Public Knowledge Says TV Networks Wrong To Block Google TV

October 22, 2010 Broadband , MVPD , Press Release

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

“Broadcasters hold a public trust, whether they like it or not.  They receive billions of dollars in free publicly owned spectrum to distribute their programming.

“It is truly disappointing that broadcasters would leverage their programming to deny access to viewers who watch the shows over another medium — on cable or online.  When a broadcaster exercises its market power in pursuit of maintaining a business model while stifling competition by blocking Hulu, Fox.com (or Google TV), the broadcaster violates that public trust and harms consumers.

“It is time to bring a rational structure to the rules and laws governing the retransmission of TV programming.  If online video is to emerge as an independent medium, it must be free from the power that broadcasters bring to bear.”

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Public Knowledge Tells FCC It Must Prevent Harm To Future Programming Competition

October 21, 2010 Broadband , Press Release

Fox’s decision to cut off access to its online programming to Cablevision subscribers shows that “the current generation of dominant content and content delivery networks are trying to control the next,” Public Knowledge told the FCC in a letter filed today.  The text of the letter is here.

The incident shows that programmers “are willing and able to limit their online content only to ISPs (Internet Service Providers) who are willing to ‘pay to play,’” PK said, citing cases of NBC blocking Olympics coverage, the “TV Everywhere” scheme and Hulu blocking of Boxee, Kylo and Google TV.”

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Public Knowledge Praises Kerry For Draft Bill To Protect Cable Consumers

October 19, 2010 Press Release , Wi-Fi

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

“Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman Kerry was quite right to propose legislation to fix what is obviously a broken system that penalizes consumers when cable operators and broadcasters can’t agree on payments for programming.

“He was also correct to scold the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its failure to start action on a petition submitted by Public Knowledge and many others this March that seeks to revise the retransmission consent process.

“The Cablevision-Fox dispute is only the latest in a series of recent retransmission-consent disagreements that have placed consumers in the middle of big-business negotiations.  These disputes will only increase, and will require prompt FCC action.

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