Last week, Public Knowledge’s Senior Staff Attorney Jodie Griffin testified before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet in Washington. In a hearing entitled “Preserving Public Safety and Network Reliability in the IP Transition,” Jodie drove home the necessity of the fundamental values of the phone network carrying over to new technologies, as the IP transition moves forwards and underlying technologies continue to evolve in new and exciting directions.
Public Knowledge's Senior Staff Attorney, Jodie Griffin, will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet in the hearing titled, "Preserving Public Safety and Network Reliability in the IP Transition."
Today the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau Chief reaffirmed in a blog post the FCC's commitment to ensuring the phone network's transition to new technologies is guided by the fundamental values of public safety, competition, consumer protection, and universal service. The post specifically noted that new networks may offer better speeds or lower costs, but fail to work during power outages or support features like medical alerts, security systems, credit card processing, and faxes. Finally, the blog post confirmed the Commission's commitment to receiving public comment on network changes.
Public Knowledge and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s claims of confidentiality over the timeline of its proposed transition trials and over information it has already disclosed to the press.
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