Network Neutrality

Net neutrality is effectively random

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Network neutrality is a program of price regulation, and it has always run aground on the question of service differentiation. Net neutrality advocates have typically been content to apply a uniform pricing structure across the board because they’ve never believed there could be more than one service on the Internet.

What do Americans want Congress to do about net neutrality?

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission’s latest attempt at Open Internet rules may soon be struck down in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Are so-called “bright-line” approaches even necessary and proven to ensure an Open Internet? And if the FCC’s rules succeed in court, does the will of the people truly align with the agency’s plans to regulate the Internet?

An Interview with Helen Brunner, Founding Director, Media Democracy Fund

Location:
Media Democracy Fund, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW , Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

A Q&A with Helen Brunner, founding director of the Media Democracy Fund and an advisor to the Quixote Foundation.

The damaging effects of a flawed Internet creation myth

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

n his 2003 article on network neutrality, Tim Wu made a fundamental error: He conflated product differentiation with price discrimination. This error has resulted in the promulgation of a flawed Internet creation myth — namely, that price and product differentiation on behalf of Internet service providers must be banned in order to preserve the Internet as its originators intended it to be.

Broadband Rate-Blocking Bill on Senate Calendar

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

In a procedural move that bypasses committee consideration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has put a broadband rate reg-blocking bill directly on to the Senate calendar for a potential floor vote.

Senate Hearing Aims Spotlight on FCC Process

Location:
Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, 340 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee took aim April 20 at the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality Open Internet order and ex parte contacts in a hearing on "The Administrative State: An Examination of Federal Rulemaking."

If net neutrality advocates only knew how Tim Wu originally defined “net neutrality”

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Since Tim Wu’s seminal 2003 article proposing an anti-discrimination (or “neutrality”) principle, it has become an article of faith among pro-neutrality advocates that any action by Internet service providers (ISPs) that could be perceived as discriminating by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication constitutes a harmful activity warranting a heavy-handed regulatory ban. Given the rapidly expanding reach and use of the net neutrality principle, it is instructive to revisit that original article and see what Professor Wu originally identified as the problem.

The Administrative State: An Examination of Federal Rulemaking

Apr 20 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 342, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Among the topics being addressed is the FCC's network neutrality rulemaking

Open Internet Webinar

Apr 26 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Privacy , Transparency & disclosure, Broadband Lifeline, Zero Rating

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CURB Your Enthusiasm: House Considers Capping Lifeline Program and Passes Ban on Broadband Rate Regulation

Two important communication bills are winding their way through the House: On April 13, the House Communications Subcommittee held a hearing on seven (seven!) communications bills. One of those bills, The Controlling the Unchecked and Reckless Ballooning of the Lifeline Fund Act (CURB Lifeline) (HR 4884) seeks to impose a hard budget cap on the Lifeline program. Separately, the full House this week considered The No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act (HR 2666), which would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from imposing rate regulations on broadband service. But some fear the bill would go far beyond blocking telephone-style rate regulations, gutting the FCC’s authority to enforce its Open Internet rules.

US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is about to make one of the most important decisions in the history of the Internet

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

If you thought the battle over network neutrality ended when the Federal Communications Commission slapped a series of unprecedented rules on Internet providers, think again.

White House Statement of Administration Policy on the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Obama Administration strongly opposes House passage of the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act (HR 2666) which would undermine key provisions in the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet order and harm the Commission's ability to protect consumers while facilitating innovation and economic growth. The bill also would hamstring the FCC's public interest authority to review transactions. HR 2666 also could limit the Commission's ability to address new practices and adapt its rules for a dynamic, fast-changing online marketplace. If the President were presented with HR 2666, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.

Public Interest Groups Urge House To Reject Rate Regulation Bill

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

More than 50 public interest groups have joined in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging the House to vote against the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act (HR 2666).

FCC Regulation of Broadband Rates Bad News for Jobs and the Economy

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

A recent study commissioned by the United States Telecom Association reveals, “An expansion of FCC rules regulating the broadband market could lead to the elimination of as many as 43,560 jobs over a five-year period, while economic output would decline by $3.4 billion during the same time period in the US”. Saving jobs, keeping rates affordable for consumers, and providing certainty for ISPs are promises HR 2666 seeks to keep.

Remarks of Chairman Wheeler at INCOMPAS Policy Summit

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Today, I want to visit with you about three things in particular: competition for Business Data Services, competition in the video marketplace, and the competition for new services and innovation that flows from an Open Internet.

GOP lawmakers try to limit FCC’s ability to help consumers

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Republican Reps are working on two proposals that would hinder Federal Communications Commission efforts to help consumers. The House of Representatives may vote as soon as the week of April 11 on a measure that could disrupt network neutrality rules by stripping the FCC of rate regulation authority. Separately, the House Communications Subcommittee on April 13 will hold a hearing on a bill that would limit the amount of money the FCC's Lifeline program could spend helping poor people purchase Internet service.

Ban on Internet rate regulation heading for House vote

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Legislation to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from using its network neutrality rules to regulate the rates that companies charge customers for Internet service appears heading toward a House vote during the week of April 11.

Chairman Wheeler on 'General Conduct Standard': Everybody into the Crucible

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says the goal of the Open Internet order's general conduct standard is not to be "judgmental," but instead elemental in the sense that it is meant to be a crucible to test and then arrive at what is in the public interest, which he defines as the common good.

The Emperor’s New Clothes: “Rate Regulation” as an Excuse to Gut FCC Consumer Protection Authority

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Recently we highlighted the rapid effort to pass the “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act" (HR 2666) as a poorly crafted effort to prohibit rate regulation. But it actually exposes what we fear is the bill’s true intent: The outright authorization of broadband Internet access service providers’ ability to charge monopoly rates - and taking the cop who exists to protect consumers from this off the beat.

Netflix, self-interest and network neutrality

Location:
Media Institute, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22201, United States
Recommendation:
1

The recent announcement by Netflix that it has been reducing the video quality of its programs on mobile networks for years — something the new network neutrality rules prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from doing — has sparked a firestorm by opponents of net neutrality regulations.

What are next steps for Congress on net neutrality?

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Indications are that Congress is likely to take up network neutrality once the court rules on whether the Federal Communications Commission overstepped in its 2015 Open Internet Order.

ACA's Gessner Warns of Unregulated Edge Gatekeepers

Location:
American Cable Association (ACA), One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States
Recommendation:
2

American Cable Association Chairman Bob Gessner warns of a time when unregulated edge provider gatekeepers withhold their contents as a negotiating tactic, but signaled that time is already here.

FCC in agreement: Agency can't regulate Netflix

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said Netflix throttling its own video over mobile networks does not violate network neutrality.

Consumer Action Slams Netflix Over Slowing Speeds

Location:
Consumer Action, 221 Main Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States
Recommendation:
2

Consumer Action is taking Netflix to the woodshed over the video site's slowing of traffic for some wireless Internet service providers but not others and without informing either the companies or their subscriber. That could run afoul of new Open Internet rules if ISPs were the ones slowing the traffic, but edge providers like Netflix are not covered by the rules.

What a Donald Trump presidency would mean for Hollywood

Location:
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, 90027, United States
Recommendation:
2

When Donald Trump got himself out of the entertainment business to run for president, the transition had a few bumpy moments. But if Trump ended some of his industry relationships on bad terms, his responses to a questionnaire sent to the candidates about arts and cultural policy suggest that he and Hollywood share at least one significant priority.

Netflix throttling shows net neutrality on life support

Location:
Netflix, 100 Winchester Cir., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, United States
Recommendation:
2

Netflix, with its admission that it throttles video download speeds for Verizon and AT&T subscribers, has handed those same US telecommunication giants a potent weapon in their legal fight against Network Neutrality.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Before American Action Forum

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The subject matter of the upcoming panel - “Shining the Spotlight on the FCC: How Rules Impact Consumers and Industries” – is fitting given all of the activity at the Federal Communications Commission over the last two plus years. I will briefly discuss the move to expand the Lifeline program without instituting any real cost control, and the regulatory tunnel vision that allowed Netflix to downgrade its services to certain consumers while crying wolf about the potential for Internet service providers to do the same thing and demanding an overhaul of the entire communications landscape to stop them.

American Cable Association: Net neutrality rules for Netflix! (But not for us)

Location:
American Cable Association (ACA), One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States
Recommendation:
2

The American Cable Association, a cable lobby group that represents more than 900 small and medium-sized companies, has called on the FCC to consider writing new rules that apply to Netflix and similar online content providers ("edge providers" in industry parlance).

FCC Bashing on Multiple Fronts

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States
Recommendation:
2

The "interplay" of three pending Federal Communications Commission issues -- the "unlocked" set-top box proposal, privacy rules and "the ultimate resolution of network neutrality -- is impeding cable industry development and improperly putting a government imprimatur on the notion of competition," National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) president/CEO Michael Powell said March 23 at the Free State Foundation’s Eighth Annual Telecom Policy Conference.

Netflix Throttling: What (If Anything) Will the FCC Do?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Just when disputes between broadband providers and content providers about content delivery and network neutrality seemed to be over, along came the revelation about Netflix throttling of traffic to wireless customers of AT&T and Verizon. The big question now is how the Federal Communications Commission is likely to respond, or whether it will respond at all, to the Netflix throttling revelations.

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