Items tagged "Tech Transitions"

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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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Lifeline: Bringing Broadband into the 21st Century

September 30, 2015 FCC , Lifeline , Tech Transitions

Last month, Public Knowledge filed comments urging the Federal Communications Commission to modernize its Lifeline program to support broadband Internet access service. Today, we submitted reply comments to explain that the FCC has overwhelming support to move forward and update the program.

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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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Tech Transitions: How Will You Know When You’re Transitioning?

August 28, 2015 FCC , Five Fundamentals , Public Safety , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the past four weeks, we have featured a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. In our final post of the series below, Meredith Whipple explains what communities need to know about their new networks, why this is important, and what the FCC did about it this month.

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Tech Transitions: Will the New Network Be Good Enough?

August 21, 2015 FCC , Five Fundamentals , Public Safety , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the coming weeks, we will feature a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. In our fourth post below, Meredith Whipple explains what needs to be done to make sure that during the tech transitions, the new services are adequate substitutes for the old services they are replacing.

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Your Provider Can’t Just Take Away Your Service. Here’s Why.

August 14, 2015 FCC , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the coming weeks, we will feature a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. You can read the first two posts of the series here. In our third post below, Meredith Filak Rose breaks down the meaning of “Section 214” and explains why your phone provider can’t just cut you off.

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Why We Must Solve the Backup Battery Power Problem During the Tech Transitions

August 7, 2015 FCC , FIve Fun , Tech Transitions , Tech Transitions Series

Over the coming weeks, we will feature a series of blog posts about the tech transitions. You can read our introductory post of the series here. In our second post below, Foster Dobry talks about the importance of backup battery power during an emergency, and what the FCC needs to do to ensure consumers have adequate backup protection during the tech transitions.

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