Network Neutrality

Local Activism Is the Best Way to Preserve Net Neutrality

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

Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan 20, take a moment to remember the height of the network neutrality battles of 2014 and 2015. Remember the letter writing campaigns, the comments filed to the Federal Communications Commission (some of them handwritten), remember John Oliver’s rant.

Prepared Remarks of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: "A Time to Look Forward: Protecting What Americans Now Enjoy"

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

We are at a fork in that road. One path leads forward. The other leads back to re-litigating solutions that are demonstrably working. Looking forward is an era of Internet service providers operating responsibly at both the edge and the core network under light touch regulation accompanied by a referee on the field to throw the flag when necessary. Looking backward takes away existing protections and throws into question ISP expansion into edge activities.

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Who's Who in Telecommunications Policy -- Part 1: The 115th Congress

As we await the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on January 20, the 115th Congress is back at work. In a week that contained a flurry of nomination hearings, a late-night vote-a-rama, and an interesting press conference, the key Congressional communications policy committees announced their membership. Below we take a look at the new committee rosters, as well as what to expect for the new Federal Communications Commission.

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Reactions to FCC Zero-Rating Report

Some Democratic lawmakers were praising the Federal Communications Commission's report finding that some zero-rating plans may run afoul of network neutrality rules. S

Pai Statement on FCC's Midnight Regulation of Free Data

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

It is disappointing that the Federal Communications Commission’s current leadership has yet again chosen to spend its last days in office the same way it spent the last few years—cutting corners on process, keeping fellow Commissioners in the dark, and pursuing partisan, political agendas that only harm investment and innovation.

AT&T Response to Wireless Bureau's Review of Sponsored Data Programs

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

It remains unclear why the Wireless Bureau continues to question the value of giving consumers the ability to watch video without incurring any data charges.

House Passes Bills on Small ISP Exemption, Data Efficiency

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The House passed two bills on unanimous voice votes Jan 10 — one that would waive certain transparency requirements for small internet service providers and one that encourages data efficiency in the federal government.

Policy Review of Mobile Broadband Operators’ Sponsored Data Offerings for Zero-Rated Content and Services

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

This report presents the results of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau staff review during 2016 of sponsored data and zero-rating practices in the mobile broadband market.

A New Path Forward For Net Neutrality

Location:
George Washington University, 1957 E. St. NW, Washington, DC, 20052, United States
Recommendation:
3

The changing of administrations offers a fresh chance for Washington to rethink network neutrality. While it’s easy to find faults with the prior regime, it is hard to articulate an alternative that would satisfy more than a narrow constituency.

Internet Users Beware: Marsha Blackburn --- a Diehard Net Neutrality Foe --- Is Now in Charge of a Powerful House Subcommittee

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Bad news: Rep Marsha Blackburn (R–TN) is the new chair of the House Communications Subcommittee. That’s the body charged with overseeing the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, and it’s supposed to ensure that everyone has access to open and affordable communications tools — no matter who they are or where they live.

Why Rep Marsha Blackburn’s Rise Is Bad News for Net Neutrality and Science

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the arch-conservative who has received mountains of campaign cash from the telecommunication industry, has been chosen by the GOP to lead the House Communications Subcommittee, a key Congressional subcommittee with broad jurisdiction over cable, phone, and internet issues.

How did net neutrality become so unreasonable?

Location:
Precursor, 7925 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22102, United States
Recommendation:
1

Network neutrality started out at the Federal Communications Commission as a set of reasonable and bipartisan, pro-consumer Internet freedom principles. Of late there has been precious little reason behind net neutrality policy, which is precisely why it is at such risk with the new Trump Administration and Republican-controlled Congress and FCC.

Let’s not stack the deck against consumers and innovators by rolling back the Open Internet Order

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Ensuring that the internet remains a fountain of innovation and disruption is at the heart of open internet policy. The elimination of clear rules protecting a free and open internet would put us in uncharted territory and would create uncertainty for Internet service providers, edge providers and consumers alike.

Are tech titans crushing competition, or is it Washington?

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

Liberal economists recently have begun to worry about industry concentration and market power. Some conservatives may even distrust these firms for their aggressive efforts over the last decade to push the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband and wireless network firms, better known as the “net neutrality” wars.

This Is the Year Donald Trump Kills Net Neutrality

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

2015 was the year the Federal Communications Commission grew a spine. And 2017 could be the year that spine gets ripped out.

India says free data is good for the poor, but regulators reject evidence-based approach

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

Recently, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released its Recommendations on Encouraging Data usage in Rural Areas through Provisioning of Free Data.

FCC's 5 biggest battles for Trump's first year

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

Here are 5 looming fights for the Federal Communications Commission in President-elect Donald Trump's first year:

The need for a bipartisan strategy and consensus in the Trump administration’s FCC

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

Moving forward, President-elect Trump’s FCC will have the opportunity to designate an agency leader who can achieve bipartisan consensus on critical issues, while still realizing the incoming administration’s policy agenda.

Insights on Future FCC Decision-making Gleaned From a Judicial Dissent

Location:
Penn State University, State College, PA, 16801, United States
Recommendation:
3

As unorthodox as it might seem, Senior Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams dissenting opinion in a major Federal Communications Commission case offers a likely roadmap on how the FCC will operate with Trump appointees and a Republican majority.

Net Neutrality Rollback Under Trump Will Face Hurdles

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

As Republicans prepare to take over the Federal Communications Commission in 2017, don’t expect them to make a quick, clean break with the agency’s 2015 network neutrality rule.

Commissioners Pai, O'Rielly vow to gut network neutrality rules “as soon as possible”

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

The Federal Communications Commission's two Republican members, Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly, told Internet service providers that they will get to work on gutting network neutrality rules "as soon as possible."

Broadband Competition Policy: The Final Thoughts and First Principles

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
4

Each of these themes runs through the topic of these remarks: how the law, as I have seen it develop at the Antitrust Division and the Federal Communications Commission, has and can create and protect economic opportunity in the marketplace of broadband Internet access services provided to individual consumers. I’d like to structure this discussion around four primary themes.

Ensuring a Fair and Competitive Marketplace

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Obama discussed the importance of fair competition in the marketplace. The principle of fair competition isn’t a Democratic or a Republican idea – it’s an American ...

AT&T and Verizon try to fend off net neutrality case before Trump takes over

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T and Verizon on Dec 16 urged the Federal Communications Commission to drop a network neutrality investigation into the companies' practice of exempting their own video from mobile data caps while charging competitors for the same exemptions.

Sallet Champions Gatekeeper Approach to ISPs in Merger Reviews

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission's former general counsel Jon Sallet made the case for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's targeting of Internet service providers as the primary threat to Internet openness.

The FCC’s New Playbook

Location:
PricewaterhouseCoopers, 300 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
2

While a change in policies at the Federal Communications Commission appears to be in the cards, how that gets carried out is a little more complicated.

FCC Fails to Extend Enhanced Transparency Waiver

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

The Federal Communications Commission did not extend the small operator waiver from the Open Internet order's enhanced transparency requirements by the Dec. 15 deadline.

End in Sight for FCC War on Free?

Location:
Mobile Future, 1325 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
3

In recent weeks, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has drawn concern from virtually all corners with its increasingly sharp critiques of innovative offerings that allow U.S. mobile consumers to enjoy more music, video and other bandwidth-intensive wireless content without seeing rising usage count against their data plans.

Expect a Cozy Trump-Telecom Alliance

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

During the campaign, Donald Trump railed against powerful corporations and promised to prevent blockbuster mergers like the proposed $85.4 billion deal between AT&T and Time Warner. That was then. Since the election, President-elect Trump has been decidedly less interested in constraining the power of big companies, especially those in the telecommunications industry.

Tom Wheeler Has Left the Group Chat -- Republicans can now reshape the FCC and roll back his agenda

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

For three years Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler rammed through his agenda on partisan lines, including classifying the internet as a public utility. He took orders from the White House, Google and the nonprofit Public Knowledge, to the extent there’s any difference among the three.

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