Items tagged "Tech Transitions"

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As AT&T Retires Copper, the Biden FCC Must Bring Back Ground Rules

May 26, 2021 AT&T , Copper Retirement , Digital Redlining , DSL , FCC , Rural Access , Section 214 , Tech Transitions

Back in the day, copper was king. Copper strands were not only the infrastructure that our telephone service was carried over, but also the original internet connectivity point. Over time, telephone companies upgraded the copper technology to deliver better internet speeds in an effort to keep up with the new offerings coming from cable companies, […]

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Every American should expect their communications systems to work regularly and reliably, especially during a public emergency. As we transition to new, more sophisticated and technologically-advanced networks that support an array of new services, users should expect those networks to work as reliably as the networks they replace. Those networks must also not disrupt services […]

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In Loss for Consumers, Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenge to FCC Deregulation of Telephone Reliability Standards

January 23, 2020 consumer protections , FCC , lawsuit , phone network , Tech Transition , Tech Transitions

Today, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Public Knowledge’s appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s November 2017 Order, “Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment,” on the grounds that Petitioners lacked standing. The case is Greenling Institute, et al. v. FCC, Case No. 17-73283.

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Public Knowledge Urges Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to Overturn FCC’s Move to Widen Digital Divide

August 26, 2019 consumer protections , FCC , lawsuit , phone network , Tech Transitions

Public Knowledge will present oral arguments requesting repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s November 2017 Order, “Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment,” before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday, August 27.

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Hurricane Michael Aftermath ‘Wake Up Call’ On Deregulating Telecommunications Services

October 17, 2018 FCC , hurricane recovery , National Network Upgrade , Tech Transitions

Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Public Knowledge worked closely with the Federal Communications Commission and in the states to put regulations in place to prevent recurrence of the large scale, long term communications blackouts that followed the storm. Over the last two years, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repealed these rules. Public Knowledge has challenged this deregulation in court.

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FCC Confirms Plan to Further Downgrade Rural America and Widen Digital Divide

May 18, 2018 Downgrade to Rural America , FCC , Tech Transitions

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that the agency will consider a Second Report and Order on “Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment” to further eliminate consumer protections previously adopted by the Commission to ensure phone carriers provided notice and access to replacement services when discontinuing legacy services.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Bipartisan “AIRWAVES Act” to Secure America’s Broadband, Wireless Future

February 7, 2018 broadband infrastructure , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband , Spectrum , Tech Transitions

Today, Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-R) and Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-D) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or “AIRWAVES,” Act. The AIRWAVES Act is the House companion to S.1682.

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Public Knowledge Files Comments on FCC Chairman Pai’s Plan to Further Downgrade Rural America

January 18, 2018 Downgrade to Rural America , FCC , National Network Upgrade , Tech Transitions

Yesterday, Public Knowledge and Center for Rural Strategies filed comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on dismantling the agency’s consumer protections established in the 2015 and 2016 Technology Transitions Orders. The FCC voted to roll back a multitude of these consumer protections last fall.

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FCC Chairman Pai Downgrades Rural America, Widens Digital Divide in Baffling Broadband Vote

November 16, 2017 Downgrade to Rural America , FCC , Tech Transitions

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order to roll back consumer protections established in the agency’s 2015 Technology Transitions Order.

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Public Interest Groups Urge FCC Chairman to Maintain Tech Transition Rules, Protect Consumers

November 9, 2017 Downgrade to Rural America , FCC , National Network Upgrade , Rural Broadband Downgrade , Tech Transitions

Today, Public Knowledge joined Communications Workers of America and 20 rural, consumer, civil rights, labor, and other groups in a letter urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to retain the agency’s tech transitions rules that protect consumers while providers like Verizon transition from copper to fiber networks. The agency plans to roll back these consumer protections on November 16, effectively downgrading rural America.

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