CLBR #99: Data Caps, News Updates But No Luftballons

CLBR episode 99 features news updates on CISPA, the Marketplace Fairness Act and state/federal privacy legislation and a discussion with Michael Weinberg, Public Knowledge’s Vice President, the Institute for Emerging Innovation on Data Caps and the Obama administration’s nominee for FCC Chairman.

Need to Suspend ISPs That Use Data Caps with Michael Weinberg
Air Date: May 1, 2013

Need to Suspend ISPs That Use Data Caps as non-profit Washington, D.C.-based public interest group Public Knowledge is calling on all ISPs who use data caps to suspend them until an outside auditor can certify that their data usage meters are accurate. ISPs have no business imposing data caps on consumers without the ability to accurately determine how much data consumers are actually using. We get an explanation with Michael Weinberg, Vice President at Public Knowledge.

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Michael Weinberg is a Vice President at Public Knowledge, a digital advocacy group in Washington, DC. He is the author of “It Will Be Awesome If They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology” and “What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?,” whitepapers that examine the intersection of 3D printing and intellectual property law. Although he is involved in a wide range of issues at Public Knowledge, he focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC, and emerging technologies such as 3D printing and open source hardware.

Mission Statement

Public Knowledge preserves the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge; promotes creativity through balanced copyright; and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative
technology lawfully.

Our Core Work

Public Knowledge works at the intersection of copyright, telecommunications, and Internet
law, at a time when these fields are converging. PK’s experience in all three areas puts it in
an ideal position to advocate for policies that serve the public interest.

What Public Knowledge does:

  • Ensure universal access to affordable and open networks
  • Promote creativity through balanced copyright
  • Advance government transparency and the public’s access to knowledge
  • Uphold and protect consumer rights
  • Oppose policies that would slow technology, impede innovation, shrink the public domain, or limit fair use
  • Educate the press, the public, and policymakers using plain-language analysis, white papers, blog posts, and videos
  • Produce events that provide a forum for policymakers, the public, industry, and the press to exchange ideas about our core issues.

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