Derek Turner

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Order Protects Internet Freedom by Restoring the Law

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“So, are there any surprises?” That’s the No. 1 question we’ve been asked since the Federal Communications Commission released the text of its order reclassifying broadband access as a common-carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act --  the step needed to provide real Network Neutrality protections for Internet users. And after a close read, the answer is no.

FCC’s Tom Wheeler Says His Proposal Will Protect Net Neutrality. Here’s Why It Won’t.

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Press reports indicate that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will propose new Open Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to implement so-called paid-priority schemes.

Arresting Development: Why the Comcast-Netflix Deal Should Worry You

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Netflix agreed to pay Comcast an undisclosed amount to ensure that its videos stream smoothly to Comcast customers. But this is more than a deal between two giant companies: It will affect everyone who uses the Internet. And as with so many things involving Comcast, consumers will end up paying for it in the end.

We Fight Today, For a Better Tomorrow

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Jan 20 marks the official commemoration of what would have been Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s 85th birthday. I thought about the open Internet work that has consumed all of my waking (and sleeping) time these past few days, ever since the DC Circuit court handed down its ruling tossing out the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules. And I thought about it not in terms of what I’m working for today, but what the world will be like when my two daughters are grown.

Reclassification Is Not a Dirty Word

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In the wake of the big network neutrality announcement, it's time we got serious about the “R” word. And no, we're not talking about “regulation.” The future of the Internet as we know it today is all about “reclassification.”

Wonkblog Gets It Wrong: The FCC’s Shrinking Authority Isn’t Enough to Save Net Neutrality

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Consumer groups, legal experts and tech reporters all recognize the fact that a court ruling left the Federal Communications with only one good option to keep the Internet open: reversing the Bush-era decisions that said Internet access networks were no longer classified as “common carriers” under the law. But in the scrum of responses since the ruling, a strange claim has surfaced among DC insiders.

Big Open Pipes

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In 1992, consumers were giving Congress an earful about their cable bills. A decade of deregulation meant cable subscribers had to fend for themselves in a monopoly market where cable TV companies abused their pricing power. Congress took up the cause and enacted the 1992 Cable Act, which noted in its findings that the “average monthly cable rate has increased almost three times as much as the Consumer Price Index since rate deregulation.”

Broadcast, Broadband and Bundle Bloat

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Consumers aren’t the only ones who are force-fed bundles of pay-TV channels they don’t want just to get the ones they are interested in. Cable providers are in the exact same position.

How AT&T Is Planning to Rob Americans of an Open Public Telco Network

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AT&T has a sneaky plan. It wants to exploit a loophole in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s rules to kill what remains of the public telecommunications network — and all of the consumer protections that go with it. It’s the final step in AT&T’s decade-long effort to end all telecommunications regulation, and the simplicity of the plan highlights a dysfunction unique to the American regulatory system.

Five Things Wrong with AT&T's Mega-Merger

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AT&T's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA is yet another in the series of large telecom mergers that over time are slowly reassembling the Ma Bell monopoly of old.

FCC Jurisdiction: Trust in the Law

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The Comcast v. Federal Communications Commission decision has called into question the FCC's authority to act in the broadband arena. But in the debate over what the FCC's next...

Free Press wants access to FCC Broadband Data

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Free Press has written the Federal Communications Commission requesting the ability to review data collected by the FCC in connection with its periodic inquiry into the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans.

Free Press: FCC Should Set Bar High for Broadband Definition

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Free Press filed comments Monday with the Federal Communications Commission about how the term "broadband" should be defined in future policymaking at the agency.

Free Press Offers "Big Ideas" for Broadband Workshop

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Free Press spoke with Tamara Lipper-Smith of the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis on July 13, 2009 to discuss the national broadband plan.

Free Press Responds to "Sloppy" Incumbent Broadband Arguments

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Free Press filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the national broadband plan. The filing offers evidence that refutes many incumbents' calls for continued deregulation and efforts to deter public interest action by the FCC.

BTOP, FCC and Broadband Subscribership Info

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Free Press filed an ex parte offering recommendations on the FCC's consultative role with the NTIA in creating rules for the issuance of broadband grants. Free Press had telephone conversations with Scott Deutchman, Legal Advisor to Commissioner Michael Copps, and Colin Crowell, Legal Advisor to Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Blocking or Metering: A False Choice

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An illustration of why the Federal Communications Commission's decision to prohibit blocking by Internet service providers is unlikely to lead to a radical, industry-wide switch to metering.