Gigi Sohn

Setting the Record Straight on Open Internet Comments

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Some key takeaways from the Federal Communications Commission inquiry into Open Internet comments ...

FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

In the interest of ensuring that the public has open access to the nearly 2.5 million reply comments that were filed in the Open Internet/network neutrality docket during the official reply comment period (July 19-September 15), the Federal Communications Commission is releasing those reply comments in one zipped XML file.

The Art of the Possible

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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2

For folks like me who have been toiling to open up closed networks to the public for decades, what makes the Internet so earth shattering is that it turns our old system of command and control communications networks on its head. For the first time, rather than begging for scraps of access from the largest media companies, it is possible to put the power of those networks into the hands of ordinary people, so that they can speak and be heard without permission.

FCC Makes Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

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fcc, United States
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3

As of August 4, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet docket. Every comment will be reviewed as part of the official record of this proceeding.

Answers to Common Questions about the E-Rate Modernization Proposal to Get Wi-Fi in ALL Schools and Libraries

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

Closing the Wi-Fi Gap by connecting all schools and libraries is a laudable goal, but how do the numbers add up over a five-year period? We are on track to free $2 billion in reserves that we are prepared to spend over the next two funding years.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Net Neutrality Oral Argument

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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2

While some have portrayed the likely outcome of the DC Circuit Court’s oral argument on Verizon’s challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order as a victory for anti-network neutrality forces and a loss for its supporters, the reality is much more complicated. There are some pretty clear takeaways, some good, some bad and some just plain ugly.

Clarifying What I Would Do If I Were FCC Chair

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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1

During a Free State Foundation panel, I stated that one of my five priorities as Federal Communications Commission chair would be to “[e]nsure that the agency has authority to protect consumers and competition with regard to broadband Internet access, depending on the DC Circuit’s decision in the open Internet case.”

Should Congress Overturn the Network Neutrality Rules?

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US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
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2

Arguing against the network neutrality rules is Thomas W. Hazlett, professor of law and economics at George Mason University in Fairfax County (VA), where he directs the Information Economy Project. Dr. Hazlett previously served as chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission. Taking a stance in favor of the network neutrality rules is Gigi Sohn, president and chief executive of Public Knowledge, an open-Internet advocacy group based in Washington (DC).

Public Knowledge and Patent Reform

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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Earlier this week, Public Knowledge announced that we have hired Charles Duan to head up our new Patent Reform Project. Charles is a computer scientist and former patent litigator who is currently working with my colleagues at the University of Colorado Law School analyzing next-generation Internet technologies and their impact on privacy, intellectual property and communications law.

The Next FCC Chair: Decisive Protector of the Public Interest

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Even though current Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has not announced that he is leaving, there is still much talk about who is being considered to be his successor. But this focus on names is premature. Before we talk about who will be the next FCC Chair, there needs to be a conversation on the qualities the ideal candidate should possess.

Sorting out the past 36 hours at the WCIT

Location:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Recommendation:
2

Anyone following the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) over the last 36 hours knows this has become a moment of high drama around the International Telecommunications regulations (ITRs) and the role of the ITU for internet-related issues. Unfortunately, that is probably the only thing anyone can say for certain.

Public Knowledge Weighs The WCIT's Importance To Syria's Blackout Situation

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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2

The events in Syria highlight the importance of the upcoming WCIT and the implications of the WCIT for free expression online.

What the Election Means for the Internet

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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2

What do the results portend for the issues on which Public Knowledge and its public interest allies work? It’s always hard to tell.

What's Going on with the Copyright Alert System?

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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2

As I wrote in April, I joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Copyright Information to serve as consumers’ eyes and ears as an agreement between the major Internet service providers and copyright holders is implemented.

UMG-EMI Merger: Deja Vu All Over Again

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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2

I will be testifying against the merger of Universal Music Group and EMI Music.

Civil Society is Key to the Debate on International Control Over the Internet

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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2

Civil society will be the critical player in a policy debate that has dominated recent tech news - whether the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be given the power by its Member States to regulate internet access and the internet itself.

Public Knowledge Criticizes FCC ‘Inexcusable’ Delay On Data Caps Investigation

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
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2

It is simply inexcusable that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not even seen fit to ask wireless and landline carriers to explain why [broadband] caps are necessary, how they are set and how consumers are affected by them.

There's No Fixing SOPA And PIPA; Time To Start Over

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
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2

Trying to “fix” SOPA and PIPA and all of the bad provisions in those bills is the wrong approach. Conceptually, it’s like trying to build a building starting on the second floor. The most logical way to proceed would be to start building a structure from the foundation and working up from there.

Public Knowledge Statement on Congressional Letter regarding AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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We thought the issues of job creation and investment had long been settled. It is perfectly clear that AT&T’s history has been to destroy jobs, not to create them. The company has shed 10,000 jobs a year for the past ten years. There is no reason to believe that the takeover of T-Mobile will do anything to change that dynamic.

As AT&T Spins, Justice Should Ensure that Facts and Law Trump Politics

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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1

The Justice Department and the White House, like Judge Huvelle, must ignore the spin and the politics. Justice took a good first step in filing a suit to block AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile.

Lots of Potential Buyers for T-Mobile if they Want to Leave the US Market

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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2

One of the recurring myths perpetrated by the supporters of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger is that AT&T is the only viable purchaser of T-Mobile, whose parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced its intention to pull out of the US market. Let's start with the facts.

AT&T: 1, Consumers: 0

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
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2

The bottom line of AT&T's proposed $39 billion takeover of competitor wireless company T-Mobile is pretty simple. AT&T wins. Everyone else loses.

And Away We Go.....

Over the next three weeks, here's how Public Knowledge will try to improve the network neutrality proposal unveiled December 1 by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Public Knowledge Says TV Networks Wrong To Block Google TV

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Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036 , United States
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2

Broadcasters hold a public trust, whether they like it or not. They receive billions of dollars in free publicly owned spectrum to distribute their programming. It is truly disappointing that broadcasters would leverage their programming to deny access to viewers who watch the shows over another medium -- on cable or online.

Why the FCC's Net Neutrality Negotiations Failed and the Opportunity it Presents

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3

Why did the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality talks fall apart?

It's Time to Save the Broadband "Cop on the Beat"

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Does the Federal Communications Commission have the authority it needs to enact major portions of the National Broadband Plan? Without a "cop on the beat," the fate of broadband consumer protection regulations such as privacy, transparency and emergency communications will be at risk, as will other initiatives to ensure great access to broadband and greater adoption of broadband by the disadvantaged.

Five Takeaways From World's Fair Use Day

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3

By many accounts, World's Fair Use Day was a great success.

Bono's "One" Ignorant Idea

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2

Bono blames Internet Service Providers for the scourge of file sharing -- "this reverse Robin Hooding" -- which he says hurts "the young, fledgling songwriters who can't live off ticket and T-shirt sales...." His "big" idea for stopping the scourge? Enforcement of copyright through deep packet inspection and filtering.

Should Consumers Fear the Comcast Deal?

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3

Dueling banjos debate the merits of the proposed Comcast-NBC Universal merger.

Public Knowledge Response to Motion Picture Association Set-Top Box Filing

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2

The Motion Picture Association of America submitted yet another filing with the Federal Communications Commission defending its waiver request to control consumer set-top boxes and television sets.