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.
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.
Today Public Knowledge sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon as the first step in the process of filing open internet complaints against each of them at the FCC. The letters address violations of the FCC’s transparency requirements, which are the only part of the open internet rules that survived court challenge.
Dear USTR, copyright
has meaningful non-economic and social value; keep it out of the U.S.-E.U. Free
Trade Agreement. If you have to have it, make sure it protects all Americans
and not just large content owners. (And make the agreement transparent and
inclusive while you’re at it.)
Today we filed comments about the proposed United
States-European Union Free Trade Agreement – the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (TTIP). We told the Office of the United States Trade
Representative (USTR) that copyright is an uncomfortable fit for a trade
agreement and should be kept out of the TTIP.
If the USTR still wants to include copyright within the TTIP,
it should make sure that a copyright chapter in the TTIP will not impede Congress’s
ability to change U.S. copyright laws.
We also asked the USTR to break from the past and not
negotiate the TTIP in secret.
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