As the FCC ramps up to open the first Low-Power FM radio station licensing window in several years, LPFM advocates are asking the Commission to consider making a window for translator licenses exclusively for non-commercial licensees.
Translators enable radio stations to broadcast at greater distances and help to circumvent geographic obstacles to radio waves, like mountains and tall buildings They are especially critical to low-power stations which work on small power allocations and often serve rural areas with rugged terrain.
ACTION: After the first new cable regulation bill in 15 years, the public utilities commission can now consider cable’s execrable customer service record when renewing licenses. In a proceeding at the CPUC, they are asking how best to do that. We have answers.
On November 21st, the newly filled out Federal Trade Commission accepted written comments on an Announcement of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that asked a sweeping set of questions about what to do about the commercial data economy in the United States.
The ANPRM was historic for the scope of issues it tried to tackle and the agency’s apparent willingness, under new chair Lina Khan, to dig into every aspect of tracking, surveillance and data exchange.
A coalition of privacy advocates, including Media Alliance, Oakland Privacy, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, ACLU Action, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Consumer Federation submitted comments on the latest draft of CA Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) rulemaking.
The rulemaking follows the Ca Legislature’s 2018 enactment of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the 2020 ballot initiative that enacted the California Privacy Act (CPRA).
The groups stated:
“As privacy advocates, we are concerned about several changes to the regulations that appear to set up additional barriers to consumers’ ability to exercise their rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)”.
Washington D.C. (September 15, 2022) – Today Representatives Cori Bush (MO-01), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) and Jamaal Bowman Ed.D (NY-16) introduced the Resolution Recognizing the Human Rights to Utilities, which would recognize access to water, sanitation, electricity, heating, cooling, public transit, and broadband communications as basic human rights and public services that must be accessible, safe, acceptable, sufficient, affordable, justly sourced and sustainable, climate resilient, and reliable for every person.
“We fully support this resolution and urge Congress to pass it,” said Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director, Media Alliance. “All residents of the United States of America should be able to rely on their political leader’s commitment to making sure they have the necessities of life; including water, heat, electricity and connectivity so they can live a safe, engaged and free existence. Keeping utility services affordable, public and accessible to all must be a priority and we cannot allow private companies to sacrifice human rights in the interest of profit.”
The CA State Privacy Agency enabled by Proposition 24 in 2020 (yep, we opposed it at that time, but here we are), is taking its first stab at refining the rules that govern the state data privacy laws CCPA and CPRA.
And the news is good. The proposed rules by the agency are, in large part, strong and consumer-protective. But nothing is perfect.
Here are the comments that a group of privacy advocates, including us, co-wrote and submitted to the agency.