Items tagged "Transparency"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes Cybersecurity PATCH Act

May 17, 2017 Broadband , Cybersecurity , Internet of Things , Transparency

Today, Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX), introduced the Protecting Our Ability to Counter Hacking (“PATCH”) Act.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC’s Informative Consumer Broadband Labels

April 4, 2016 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Transparency

Today, the Federal Communications Commission unveiled a labeling system for consumer broadband, developed by the Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee with support from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The sample labels and format closely mirror the widely recognizable food nutritional labels, and seek to provide consumers with information they need to evaluate various broadband service options. The labels provide clarity and certainty for broadband providers, as adopting them for use both at point of sale and online will presumptively satisfy the Commission’s transparency requirements under the 2015 Open Internet Order.

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Public Knowledge Acknowledges Improvement in GOP Transparency Bills

June 3, 2015 FCC , Transparency

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2015. This bill includes an amendment with language introduced by Representative Adam Kinzinger intended to increase transparency in FCC proceedings. Public Knowledge supports transparency but recommends a more balanced approach to avoid decreasing the FCC’s effectiveness.

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Public Knowledge Initiates Open Internet Complaints Against AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon

August 6, 2014 Data Caps , Net Neutrality , Transparency

Today, Public Knowledge filed letters with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon as the first step in the formal open internet complaint process. The complaint is in relation to AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon’s practice of throttling wireless data subscribers with “unlimited” data plans, as well as T-Mobile’s practice of exempting speed test applications from throttling.

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ACTA Treaty ‘Anti-Consumer and Anti-Innovation’ Groups Tell Congress

November 9, 2009 ACTA , Press Release , Transparency , USTR

A treaty being negotiated by the U.S. government dealing with intellectual property issues appears to have included parts of prior agreements “most favorable to groups of intellectual property holders” while leaving out those elements “most favorable to consumers,” Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and Public Knowledge told Congressional leaders.

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Line-by-line, We Corrected the Record on Broadband Privacy and Net Neutrality

April 11, 2017 Broadband Privacy , FCC , FTC , Net Neutrality , Transparency

Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen co-wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post entitled “No, Republicans didn’t just strip away your Internet privacy rights.” The team at Public Knowledge was troubled by the misinformation laid out in this op-ed. Issues like broadband privacy and net neutrality have serious long-term consequences, so we felt it was important to correct the record.

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Public Knowledge Releases Trans-Pacific Partnership Analysis

May 4, 2016 Internet Governance , TPP , Trans-Pacific Partnership , Transparency

Today, Public Knowledge (PK) publishes a substantive analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). While PK does not take a position on whether trade agreements in general are good or bad as a matter of public policy, we do evaluate whether individual trade agreements affect PK’s ability to promote its mission. If an agreement benefits our policy goals we will support it, and if it undermines our mission we will oppose it. It is true, however, that PK has consistently decried the lack of openness and transparency surrounding the negotiation of trade agreements and has recommended significant reforms to the process of deliberating trade policy to give the public a more meaningful voice in evaluating the elements of trade agreements before they are completed.

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OECD’s CDEP Meeting Declassifies Materials for Upcoming Ministerial and Advances Digital Economy

April 12, 2016 International , Internet Governance , OECD , Transparency

Earlier this month, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) held its 71st meeting, from March 29th to April 1st in Paris. Delegates from member countries and stakeholder representatives agreed to set up several milestones that will have mid- and long-term impacts upon the digital economy policies of the OECD member countries and partners.

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ITU-WRC Process Should Be Participatory and Inclusive of All Stakeholders

November 6, 2015 Civil Society , ITU , Transparency , WRC , WSIS

The 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), which Public Knowledge has been closely monitoring, officially commenced this week in Geneva, Switzerland. Throughout the month of November, the decisions to govern our communications via airwaves – such as mobile broadband and public disaster radio communications – will be written into an international treaty called the Radio Regulations (RRs).

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Where Does All the Money Go? In Music Industry, the Need for Transparency Remains

August 14, 2015 Music Licensing , Transparency

Not long ago, SoundExchange board member and musician David Byrne highlighted a key point that the loudest voices in music policy keep talking around: no one is saying how much money goes where.

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