John Eggerton

Supreme Court Extends Time for Title II Appeal

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Supreme Court has agreed to give Internet service providers more time to decide whether to appeal a DC Court's ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission's Title II Open Internet order.

President Trump Forms Infrastructure Advisory Council

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump has signaled that broadband will definitely be part of his planned infrastructure investments. The president issued an executive order July 19 creating the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure that will include a representative from the communications and technology sector.

Rep Pallone Proposes $1B Boost to Auction Repack Fund

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ)—who has long pushed Congress to hold viewers harmless in the post-incentive auction repack—has introduced a bill to make sure the moving expenses of TV stations (and affected FM stations and pay-TV providers) are covered, given the initial broadcaster estimates of $2.1 billion in expenses and Congress' set-aside of only $1.75 billion.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks Royalties for Pre-1972 Musical Works

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A bipartisan bill has been introduced to establish copyright protections for performances of pre-1972 musical works. Reps Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) are sponsoring the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act (HR 3301).

FTC Commissioner McSweeny to FCC: FTC's Consumer Protection Authority Insufficient to Discipline ISPs

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

Federal Trade Commission member Terrell McSweeny has doubts that the agency's consumer protection authority is sufficient to discipline the actions of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers if Title II is rolled back and the FTC regains BIAS oversight.

Bill Reining In Chevron Deference Introduced

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

In what is being billed as a bicameral effort, a group of Republican Sens and Reps—including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), have introduced a bill, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, that takes aim at the Chevron deference accorded federal agency expertise.

Consumer Technology Association Calls for Swift Confirmation of FCC Nominees

Location:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA), 1919 S Eads Street, Arlington, VA, 22202, United States

In advance of July 19's Federal Communications Commission nominations hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee, the Consumer Technology Association was calling for a swift vote for confirmation.

LEAD Commission Wants Pai E-Rate Commitment

Location:
Leading by Advancing Digital (LEAD), Washington, DC, United States

The LEAD Commission wants senators to put a spotlight on E-rate when it puts the spotlight on Federal Communications Commission nominees in a hearing July 19.

Fight for the Future Turns Focus on the Hill

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States

With the Internet Day of Action targeting the Federal Communications Commission now receding in the rearview mirror, organizer Fight for the Future (FFTF) is shifting its focus to Congress in its fight to retain Title II-based Open Internet rules.

Librarians Read FCC Title II Riot Act

Location:
American Library Association, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States

The American Library Association says the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Tom Wheeler got the reading of the law right when it imposed strong network neutrality rules under Title II (common carrier) authority.

ITIF to FCC: Internet Discrimination Can Be Good

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Banning all paid prioritization will not result in an internet that drives innovation and consumer welfare, an internet that has never treated content neutrally anyway. That was one of the main points from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, which filed comments on the deadline for initial comments in the Federal Communications Commission's open Internet proposal.

Smaller Manufacturers Take Aim at Title II

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

A group of small and mid-sized manufacturers of broadband network products has told the Federal Communications Commission to roll back Title II, just one in a wave of comments coming in to the FCC by July 17, the deadline for initial comments in FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's net neutrality proposal.

Free State Does Math on Broadband Investment

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

As part of Federal Communications Commission Cgairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back Title II and review network neutrality regulations, the agency is proposing to use a "multiplier" to calculate the amount, if any, of lost investment from Title II, beyond the immediate investment to the total impact of that lost investment, say on construction workers not getting paid because of buildouts not being built out -- something like counting the number of other dominoes that fall rather than just counting the first one. The Free State Foundation, in comments to the FCC, submitted an assessment of such a cost-benefit analysis by senior fellow Theodore Bolema that suggested it would be reasonable to multiply lost investment assessments by between 1.25 and 1.75

Groups to DOJ: AT&T-Time Warner Deal Appears to Need Blocking

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

More than a dozen media consolidation critics—including Common Cause, Consumers Union and the Writers Guild of America West—told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that from all appearances the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger cannot be saved by "conditions and piecemeal divestitures" and should be blocked.

ISPs Seek More Time to Challenge Title II in Supreme Court

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Internet service providers have asked the Supreme Court for a 60-day extension of the deadline for filing their appeals to the Supreme Court of a DC federal appeals court decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission's Title II-based Open Internet order.

ISP Group Arms for July 12 Title II Protest

Location:
Broadband for America, Washington, DC, 20037, United States

With the July 12 Title II Day of Action protest targeting Internet service providers getting a lot of attention, Broadband for America (BFA), which backs and includes those ISPs, was pushing back with a backgrounder on why Title II fans are off base. B

Sen Klobuchar Warns Against Politicizing AT&T-Time Warner

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

Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has warned attorney general Jeff Sessions that any political interference in the Justice Department's review of the AT&T-Time Warner merger would be "unacceptable."

DC Court Upholds FCC Rebuttable Presumption Decision for Cable Rate Regulations

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

In a big victory for cable operators large and small, a federal court has said the Federal Communications Commission was within its authority to make it easier for cable video services to shed basic rate regulations.

FCC Approves Sinclair-Bonten Deal

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

Sinclair Broadcast Group has added seven stations to its growing group.

FCC Approves Phone Privacy Clarification Order

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

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted the order clarifying that the rules on phone privacy are back in effect and dismissing as moot challenges to the telecom broadband privacy rules Congress nullified through a Congressional Review Act resolution.

Rep Doyle Draft of Bill Would Promote 5G

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

Rep Mike Doyle (D-PA) has circulated a discussion draft of a bill to accelerate the rollout of 5G wireless. The 5G Acceleration Act would mandate action items and deadlines for the Federal Communications Commission.

Rep Pallone Wants Investigation of Bogus Net Neutrality Comments

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

The Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality docket continues to draw a crowd of critics. The latest is House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ). Rep Pallone has called on the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate whether any federal law has been broken in the filing of fake comments using stolen identities, as some have claimed.

News Reports Prompt Senate Request for FISA Court Info

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have asked for all the surveillance warrants the FBI asked for from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court as part of the FBI's investigation into Russian campaign interference, including possible collusion with the campaign of Donald Trump.

Comcast, Other ISPs Back FTC Against AT&T Mobility

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

In what they concede on the surface is a surprising alliance, major Internet service providers have aligned with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission against AT&T Mobility over the issue of the FTC's ability to enforce edge provider privacy.

Pai Seeks Clarity on Broadband Privacy

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated an item for a vote that provides guidance on the broadband privacy rules that were in effect before its 2016 privacy order, apparently.

Analysis: Majority of FCC Comments Favor Repealing Internet Rules

Location:
Consumer Action, 221 Main Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States

Free market group Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE) says according to its analysis of the Federal Communications Commission's open internet docket, a majority (65%) favor repealing the Title II-based Open Internet order, as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed to do.

FCC Looks to Provide Privacy Reporting Reminder

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

Apparently, an item Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated for a vote on "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services" essentially clarifies that the telecommunication customer proprietary network information (CPNI) privacy rules that were in effect before the Tom Wheeler FCC adopted a new broadband privacy regime are still in effect after that regime was nullified by Congress.

RNC Chair Doubles Down on 'Fake News’

Location:
Republican National Committee, 310 First Street, SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel put her signature to the latest e-mail that uses attacks on the media to try and raise money for the party and its candidates.

Small Business Committee Has Big Interest in Rural Broadband

Location:
House Committee on Small Business, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building Room 2360, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

Attendance at the June 22 House Small Business Committee's Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy & Trade hearing on improving broadband deployment in rural America was small, but it was yet another dive into a crowded pool as Washington drilled down on the issue, including on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission and even in Iowa, where the President talked up rural broadband as well.

Eighth Circuit to Hear Challenges to FCC's Business Data Services Decision

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 111 S 10th St., St. Louis, MO, 63102, United States

Legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's business data services (BDS) reforms have been consolidated in the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.