Regulatory classification

On May 6, 2010, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that the Commission would soon launch a public process seeking comment on the options for a legal framwork for regulating broadband services.

Public-Interest Groups urge FCC to release net neutrality complaints

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

Public interest groups opposed to the repeal of network neutrality rules are asking the Federal Communications Commission to release a trove of documents in an effort to keep the rules in place.

Unlike FCC, FTC cannot protect net neutrality

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

To distract you while they smother network neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and acting Federal Trade Commission Chair Maureen Ohlhausen have offered confident assurances that the FTC can step into the role abdicated by the FCC and protect net neutrality with its antitrust and consumer protection enforcement authority. It sounds plausible (plus most people aren’t entirely sure what the FTC does), so you nod along, but don’t fall for it; it’s a ruse.

Loosening internet regs a boon to business, public

Location:
Go!Forton, 28 World's Fair Drive, Somerset, NJ, 08873, United States

Go! Foton agrees with the new FCC chairman that Title II regulation does more harm than good. We therefore welcome the FCC’s action to examine the implications of Title II internet regulation and ultimately roll it back.

Verizon’s good unlimited data plan is now three bad unlimited plans

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon announced that its existing unlimited data plan is being divided into three new options: Go Unlimited (starting at $75 for a single line), Beyond Unlimited ($85 for first line), and Business Unlimited.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Americans for Prosperity's 2017 Defending the American Dream Summit

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

Shortly before the inauguration, I outlined four general areas where actions could be taken to reinvigorate investment,

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Decision and Stock Prices

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Both proponents and opponents of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet order argue that regulations or lack thereof will have dire consequences. Analysis suggests that the reality may be far more modest.

Net Neutrality Advocates Fear Implications of FCC Reauthorization

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

A Republican effort to reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission for the first time in 27 years has network neutrality advocates nervous as they worry that stronger congressional control over the agency would hamper its oversight of internet providers.

The Real Reason ISPs Hate Net Neutrality Regulation

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

The current network neutrality fight is really a wide-ranging power struggle between internet service providers and internet activists, between Republicans and Democrats. The battle is only partly about the ends—a free internet—and much more about the means: potential heavy regulation of ISPs as monopolies. Classifying ISPs as “common carriers,” under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, means they could be regulated like monopolies.

The FCC must enforce standards that keep the web free and open

Location:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21215, United States

The internet is fundamental to economic opportunity, social action and innovation in the modern age. It has the power to democratize information, it allows us to communicate instantly and effectively, and in recent years, it has facilitated innovation and been the catalyst for social justice movements. That’s why the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) supports a free and open internet.

Don't want your phone bill to rise? It's time to learn about net neutrality

Location:
McClatchy Newspapers, 2100 Q St, Sacramento, CA, 95816, United States

Although the Federal Communications Commission said it intends to alter the Open Internet rules, it won’t fill in specifics until probably this fall, after the comments are analyzed. That makes it hard to pin down precise effects on cost, although that hasn’t prevented predictions.

How the End of Net Neutrality Could Affect Your Wallet

Location:
USA, United States

The debate surrounding the repeal of network neutrality has touched on everything from free speech to online innovation and consumer rights. But how will it affect consumers' wallets? The short answer: It depends.

Billboard ads target Republicans who want to roll back net neutrality

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

An advocacy group is launching an ad campaign targeting lawmakers who want to roll back the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules.

The Open Internet Rule expands online streaming video options

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The front-page story in The Wall Street Journal announced, “Walt Disney Co. just became the biggest cord-cutter Hollywood has ever seen.” The iconic company announced it was starting two online streaming services that will bypass its traditional cable television distribution. Thank you, Open Internet Rule!

Net Neutrality Backers Vow to Push FCC Despite Short Comment Extension

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

Though they received only a two-week extension to a deadline for public comments on proposed changes to network neutrality rules, rather than the eight weeks they had sought, net neutrality proponents say they remain focused on making sure the Federal Communications Commission continues to hear from the public.

A Further Review of the Internet Association's Empirical Study on Network Neutrality and Investment

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

In a recent perspective, I reviewed a report authored by Dr. Christopher Hooton of the Internet Association on the impact of Net Neutrality regulation on broadband infrastructure investment.

Congress starts work on net neutrality — but does it understand the issue?

Location:
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, United States

The proposed witness list for a September network neutrality hearing at the House Commerce Committee betrays a dismaying ignorance about why net neutrality is an issue.

FCC Extends Restoring Internet Freedom Reply Deadline to Aug. 30

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

By this Order, the Federal Communications Commission extends the deadline for filing reply comments in response to the Restoring Internet Freedom Notice of Proposed Rulemaking until August 30, 2017.

Not Ready to Ride Into the Sunset: Chairman Wheeler and the Fight for Internet Regulation

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

There is a long-standing tradition in American politics that when your term of office is over, you retreat quietly into the background and allow a tasteful period of time to pass before you get back into the arena. Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, however, does not appear to have bought into that tradition.

Congress, we need a federal net neutrality law now

Location:
Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), 3636 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20010, United States

The more we debate Title II versus Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, the more it is clear that everyone wants the same outcome: we all want an open internet. The issue is determining which path will best enable the internet to be most accessible to Americans for opportunity, innovation and entrepreneurship, with the requisite transparency and privacy protections. Let’s end this debate once and for all.

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Got a Smartphone? Then You've Got Broadband!

It’s that time of year again. The Federal Communications Commission launched its annual inquiry into whether broadband (or, more formally, “advanced telecommunications capability”) is being deployed to all Americans in a “reasonable and timely fashion.” Although the FCC launched a proceeding in August 2016, asking a number of questions about broadband deployment, the commission did not issue a subsequent report. Under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC is updating the inquiry and asking different questions. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, in response, raised some concerns over how the inquiry is being framed, and how this may lead to a particular outcome. The results of this inquiry will be significant, as they dictate future FCC broadband policy.

Net Neutrality Advocacy Day Planned for Sept 27

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

Network neutrality advocates have set Sept 27 for their next coordinated protest of rolling back the Title II classification, as the Republican-majority Federal Communications Commission has proposed.

Paid Prioritization and Zero Rating: Why Antitrust Cannot Reach the Part of Net Neutrality Everyone Is Concerned About

Location:
Economists Incorporated, 2121 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20037, United States

As Internet-based distributors move up and down the stack to become vertically integrated platforms with a preferred suite of affiliated content, there is a growing concern among policymakers that innovation among independent content creators and websites may be threatened.

ISP, Edge Groups Talk Network Neutrality Legislation

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

Apparently, House Commerce Committee Republican leadership got together, both in person and by phone, with the major trade associations on both sides of the network neutrality issue August 7 in a series of meeting throughout the day to discuss possible legislative pathways to clarifying the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality authority.

Dominated by the Digital Elite

Location:
American Enterprise Institute, 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

More than 15 million comments have been filed with the Federal Communications Commission on its Restoring Internet Freedom docket, which focuses on the concept of net neutrality, and specifically Title II regulations imposed in 2015 under the previous administration. While this colossal number includes many sentiments – including an unsettling number of foreign and some 6 million fake comments – it does not contain significant representation from poor, minority and senior Americans.

The Digital Divide and Other Economic Considerations for Network Neutrality. Net Neutrality Special Issue Blog #7

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

While the Internet seems ubiquitous, digital divides remain, particularly across incomes. In the US, adults making less than $30,000 per year are significantly less likely to use any type of digital device and to have broadband Internet access in their home.

As net neutrality dies, one man wants to make Verizon pay for its sins

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Imagine if you took every single gripe you've had with Verizon over the past five years — the time it blocked Nexus 7 tablets for five months; the time it forced you to pay $20 per month for tethering; the time it tried to make you use a mobile wallet app called "ISIS" — and finally put your foot down. For a year, you spend free moments holed up in library stacks, speaking with experts, and researching and writing a sprawling legal complaint about the company's many, many misdeeds. And then you file it all with the Federal Communications Commission, hoping to get some payback.

AT&T CFO: FirstNet’s prioritized service for public safety ‘a challenge’ to net neutrality

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

AT&T’s CFO John Stephens said that FirstNet’s pre-emption requirements for public safety users present “a challenge with the net neutrality process because you are giving prioritized service to police, firefighters.” “But quite frankly I think everyone would agree that that’s probably a good thing,” explained Stephens.

Network Neutrality Behind Closed Doors

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

House Commerce Committee staff, as expected, met with interested parties on network neutrality legislation, but they wouldn't say which companies or groups showed up.

If Cable Won’t #UnlockTheBox, Why Would ISPs #ProtectNetNeutrality?

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

Big Cable’s #DitchTheBox proposal is one of the most recent examples of an industry’s inability to self-regulate in the absence of federal regulation, and many of the same companies offering pay-TV services are the same companies providing broadband internet.

Commercialization brought the Internet to the masses. It also gave us spam.

Location:
American Friends Service Committtee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102, United States

he network neutrality issue has reignited a debate that is as old as the Internet. Once limited to tech-savvy users with access to networked computers at academic institutions, laboratories and government agencies, the Internet has become a fundamental part of nearly everybody’s life. Billions of new users have come online over the past two decades. But the commercial interests that have enabled their entry have also threatened the core values of openness, freedom of expression and access that were so critical to the Internet’s early pioneers.

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