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Public Knowledge, Benton Foundation and Center for Digital Democracy Oppose FCC’s Reversal on Broadband Privacy

Public Knowledge Files Opposition for Reconsideration to Save Broadband Privacy Rules for Consumers On Monday, Public Knowledge, joined by Benton Foundation and the Center for Digital Democracy, filed an Opposition to Petitions for Reconsideration of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Privacy Order adopted in 2016. We seek to preserve elements of the Order that enable… Keep Reading

FCC

Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai, in Statement, Confirms Appointment as Agency Chairman

WASHINGTON, January 23, 2017 — In a statement released on the web site of the Federal Communications Communications, and emailed to reporters at 4:48 p.m. ET, Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai, a Republican announced his selection as Chairman of the agency, a nominally independent agency whose chairman is designated by President Donald Trump. Pai said:… Keep Reading

Broadband Roundup: White House and Wheeler Together, Cable Industry Group, and Commentary on NTIA Broadband Report

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2014 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said that he and President Barack Obama agree in their opposition to paid prioritization, Multichannel News reported. Obama stated his objection to the practice during his remarks at an innovation forum in California on October 9. Although the two haven’t discussed it directly, Wheeler… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

How Internet Companies Are Driving a Public Utility Regulation Approach to Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – In what would have seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago, growing support for public utility regulation is emerging. Tech companies, politicians, internet service providers, and component makers have started to outline their views regarding their policy approach to the issue of net neutrality. In order to understand the… Keep Reading

Broadband Data

GAO Study Finds that Broadband Data Caps are Causing Customer Confusion and Less Internet Use

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 – Internet service providers are adopting more usage-based pricing models and consumers may be using the internet less as a result, according to preliminary results from a Government Accountability Office study. Consumers may also be neglecting benefits of lower-cost models due to confusion over data caps, the report found. “In the… Keep Reading

FCC

Executives at AT&T and DirecTV Defend Their Broadband Merger Against its Critics

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 – AT&T and DirecTV have no doubt their merger will actually strengthen broadband, competition and consumer choice, contrary to naysayers. Both companies had to fend off fears of market consolidation in back-to-back hearings on Tuesday, June 24, before the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee. This proposed merger isn’t like… Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Nipping at Heels of FCC’s Net Neutrality Proceeding, Legislators Introduce Bill Barring ‘Paid Prioritization’

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 – Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., on Tuesday introduced a bill, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, that would grant the Federal Communications Commission the authority to bar so-called “paid prioritization” agreements between internet service providers and content providers over the last-mile of a broadband connection.… Keep Reading

Broadband Roundup: AT&T-DirecTV Merger and its Impact on the Marketplace

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 – AT&T announced that it would acquire DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal, according to multiple sources. The agreement may allow AT&T to position itself in a way to rival cable firms. AT& would acquire about 20 million of DirecTV’s customers. The Washington Post recounts that the stated goal of the… Keep Reading

Critics on Both Ends of the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules, With a Few Supporters in the Middle

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 - The Federal Communication Commission's effort to thread the needle on net neutrality with regulations that will withstand legal scrutiny while also satisfying open internet activists led to starkly divided responses to the Thursday measure. In the camp expressing disappointment that agency Chairman Tom Wheeler didn't go further, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a member of the Commerce Science and Transportation Committee, said that innovation over the internet in America could unless broadband were to be reclassified as a common-carrier telecommunications service. "Internet access today is like traditional phone service decades ago - we can't live or work without it," Markey said. "We must stop broadband behemoths from setting up fast and slow lanes and picking winners and losers. Start-ups and small business would suffer, slowing our economy and job growth throughout Massachusetts and around the country." [...] Keep Reading

Broadband Breakfast Club Video From July: ‘Over the Top’ Has the Power To Transform TV Viewing

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club on Monday released the video from the July 16, 2013, Broadband Breakfast Club, on “Over the Top: Broadband Video’s Impact on Future TV.” The FREE video captures the discussion at the latest Broadband Breakfast Club, in which the panelists weighed and measured the significance of the… Keep Reading

IP Transition

Senate Hearing Explores Issues Surrounding Wireline Communications

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2013 — The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet held a hearing examining the implications of the transition to Internet Protocol for wireline communications on Thursday. Several of the witnesses stressed the need for modernization, both in terms of regulations and technology. Gigi Sohn, President of Public Knowledge, stated that now… Keep Reading

Hearing Examines Implementation of Incentive Auction

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2013 — The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing Tuesday on the upcoming spectrum auction, focusing primarily on possible restrictions on larger carriers and efforts to ensure that broadcasters are treated fairly. The question of whether or not to impose restrictions on AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. dominated much… Keep Reading

Acting FCC Chairwoman Clyburn Announces Second Wave of First Phase of Connect America Fund

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013 – The Federal Communication Commission will offer $485 million to expand fixed broadband access in rural areas, Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn said on Wednesday. The funding is part of a public and private effort to provide broadband services in areas, predominantly rural, that currently lack adequate access. The money is intended… Keep Reading

Broadband's Impact/Wireless

Everyone Finds Something to Like in FCC Approval of Wireless T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 – The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday announced their approval of the proposed merger of mobile wireless carriers T-Mobile and MetroPCS. Two years after the two agencies nixed AT&T’s attempted acquisition of T-Mobile on antitrust grounds, different non-profit interest groups found different reasons to applaud the… Keep Reading

Public Knowledge Weighs in on Sen. Ron Wyden and Broadband Data Caps

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2012 – On Thursday Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore. proposed a data caps bill that encourages transparency for customers so they can further understand their data usage and to ensure that innovation is not hampered by a cap on data. The non-profit organization Public Knowledge has championed public attention on, and further investigation of, data caps. They support… Keep Reading

White Spaces, Special Access and mHealth: Last Week’s Policy Wrap Up

WASHINGTON Tuesday June 12, 2012 – Last week the Federal Communications Commission moved forward with white spaces reform free of challenges from the microphone industry, they took on special access reform and held a meeting of experts to address the future of wireless mHealth innovation.  Broadbandbreakfast has some notes on each of these stories.  … Keep Reading

Expert Opinion: Broadcast Broadband to Everyone: Messaging Beyond the Inner Circle

At MIO, we’re well aware that broadband isn’t being used to its full potential because not enough of the right people know what it is or what it can do for them. And since they don’t know what they’re missing, they’re not asking policymakers or the companies that provide broadband to make it more accessible. This is, in essence, the underlying problem that will perpetuate the digital divide. Our nation’s goal is to decrease that divide: to help key decision-makers understand what broadband is and why they need it; encourage companies and policymakers to make it widely available; and help communities make the most of the opportunities it offers for economic development, increased quality and reach of services, and jobs. Keep Reading

FCC/Wireless

Mercatus Gathers Experts to Debate Mobile Competition

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2011 - The Mercatus Center, a market orientated research center located at George Mason University, gathered key industry insiders to discuss how the Federal Communications Commission analyzes market competition in the wireless industry on Wednesday. “The FCC needs to look beyond just the numbers to determine if competition is actually occurring,” said Thomas Hazlett, professor of law & economics at George Mason University School of Law. “The Commission should take into account the analysis conducted by Wall Street to see how the financial market views the mobile market.” Keep Reading

Senators Grill Mobile CEOs on AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

WASHINGTON May 12, 2011- The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights assembled leading mobile CEOs Wednesday to explore the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. “The proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile will bring together two of the four remaining national cell phone carriers to create the nation's largest cell phone network, with an estimated 43 percent market share,” said Sen Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman of the Subcommittee, setting the tone for the hearing. “Should this deal be approved, AT&T and Verizon will control close to 80 percent of the national cell phone market.” Keep Reading

Free Press Panel Blasts ‘Broken’ FCC

BOSTON, April 13, 2011 - Panelists at the Free Press National Conference for Media Reform railed on the Federal Communications Commission over the weekend, debating to what extent the Commission has been "captured" by industry and how to fix it. Joel Kelsey, Political Advisor at Free Press, moderated the panel, entitled "How to Fix the Broken FCC." The event included participants from the public interest, industry and government sectors. Keep Reading

AT&T Announces $39B Deal To Acquire T-Mobile

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 - Nationwide wireless carrier, AT&T announced Sunday that it had finalized an agreement to acquire competitor T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock. The deal between the nation's second- and fourth-largest carriers would likely create the largest nationwide wireless carrier, topping current leader, Verizon. Keep Reading

BroadbandBreakfast.com Announces Winter 2011 Breakfast Topics

WASHINGTON, January 7, 2011 – The Washington-based internet and intellectual property policy news and events service, BroadbandBreakfast.com, http://broadbandbreakfast.com, announces its Winter 2011 series of events (January through February) for the Intellectual Property and Broadband Breakfast Clubs. All breakfast club events are held at Clyde's of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, in the Piedmont Room. Events begin at 8 a.m., with both American and continental breakfast served, and end at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to join in onthe breakfast discussions. Keep Reading

Support Dims for FCC Chairman’s Open Internet Proposal

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2010 - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Dec. 1 announced that there would be a set of open internet rules that his agency would vote on during its open meeting on Dec. 21. While many stakeholders in the debate initially were happy to learn that the chairman would finally bring the issue to a vote, support dimmed after learning what he planned to include in the rules. Keep Reading

New Date for ‘China & Intellectual Property with the Chinese Embassy IP Attache’

WASHINGTON, December 7, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com is postponing its December breakfast , “China & Intellectual Property with the Chinese Embassy IP Attache.” An unforeseen change in the schedule of Fuli Chen, the Chinese Embassy Intellectual Property Attache, has caused the postponement, owing to the visit of Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan to Washington next week. The event, which was to be on December 14th, 2010, has been rescheduled for February 8th, 2011. Registration for the February 8 event is available at http://ipbreakfastfebruary2011.eventbrite.com/ Keep Reading

Is ‘Three Strikes’ the Right Tool? Top French, British and Americans Discuss at Nov. 9 Breakfast

WASHINGTON, November 4, 2010 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com invites the public to its FREE November event in its Intellectual Property Breakfast Club series, “Approaches by Internet Service Providers Around the World to Copyright Infringement.” Our November 2010 panel continues the discussion about file-sharing and other forms of copyright infringement, but broadens it to the global stage, with a particular focus on the approaches of broadband providers outside the United States. What tactics have been deployed by ISPs in France and elsewhere? Will America follow suit? Keep Reading

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