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Public Knowledge Warns Congress Against Adopting Controversial Journalism Competition and Preservation Act

September 22, 2022 – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act.” The bill proposes creating a “safe harbor” from antitrust law, allowing news companies to band together to negotiate compensation terms for their content with the largest digital platforms. The bill also allows publishers to restrict Google and Facebook from linking […]

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Internet Service Providers Drop California Net Neutrality Lawsuit, But Nationwide Rules Still Needed

Last night, broadband providers suing California over its popular net neutrality law officially dropped their suit. Their action follows a refusal by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the court’s decision in ACA Connects v. Bonta, rejecting yet another attempt by broadband providers to overturn California’s net neutrality law. Earlier this year, the court issued its […]

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Alex Petros: Public Knowledge Praises European Commission Action Promoting Fair and Open Digital Markets

December 15, 2020 – Today, the European Commissionannounceda new regulatory package to rein in Big Tech: the Digital Markets Act. This proposed law represents an important step forward in the global fight to rein in the power of Big Tech.  In June, Public Knowledge, along with the Consumer Federation of America, filed preliminary comments regarding the Digital […]

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Public Knowledge Welcomes European Commission Antitrust Charges Against Amazon’s Data Misuse

November 10, 2020 – Today, the European Commission filed antitrust charges against Amazon for competing unfairly with sellers on its marketplace. The Commission has also opened a second formal antitrust investigation into the company’s “possible preferential treatment” of its own retail offers and sellers that use Amazon’s logistics and delivery services. The move follows reports of Amazon using third-party […]

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AT&T’s Move to Disconnect DSL Customers Shows Harm of Deregulatory Agenda

October 14, 2020 – Today, Public Knowledge, Communications Workers of America, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Next Century Cities, Common Cause, and Greenlining Institute filed an ex parte warning the Federal Communications Commission that its deregulatory agenda leaves consumers vulnerable to losing broadband service during the pandemic.  The ex parte follows AT&T’s recent decision to discontinue national DSL broadband service. By […]

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Sara Collins: Safe Data Act Falls Short of Providing Consumers With Comprehensive Privacy Protections

September 18, 2020 – Yesterday, Senate Commerce Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS), with co-sponsors Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Deb Fischer (R-NE), introduced a comprehensive federal privacy bill, “Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability Act’’(SAFE DATA Act). Public Knowledge welcomes efforts to improve privacy online and observes that the bill demonstrates that there are a number […]

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As California Burns, Wireless Carriers Fight to Abandon 72-hour Backup Power Safeguards for Cell Towers

September 10, 2020 – Several wireless carries recently petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission to rescind a state rule that requires carriers to equip cell towers with backup power. This 72-hour backup power rule keeps cell towers running even during natural disasters, when power grids may be shut off to prevent fires from spreading– and […]

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