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New Net Neutrality Rules Could Threaten Popular Services

Net neutrality regulations have been dead for years, and they should stay that way. Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission has moved to reopen and re-litigate the issue. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has initiated a new rule-making that would enact what are largely the same net neutrality rules tried back in 2016. The law has changed and markets have changed, and yet the arguments for and against net neutrality have largely remained the same.

The FCC says net neutrality would be a boon for national security. Some disagree.

When Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel unveiled plans to restore net neutrality, she said reinstating the rule would “give the FCC and its national security partners the tools needed to defend our networks from potential security threats.” The rule—which gives the agency broad powers to regulate internet service as a utility, akin to water or electricity—hasn’t historically been invoked fo

FCC Takes First Space Debris Enforcement Action

The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau settled an investigation into DISH for its failure to properly de-orbit its EchoStar-7 satellite. This marks a first in space debris enforcement by the FCC, which has stepped up its satellite policy efforts, including establishing the Space Bureau and implementing its Space Innovation Agenda.

Benton Institute Welcomes Fully-Equipped FCC

The reconfirmation of Commissioners Starks and Carr will allow the FCC to get down to business without worrying about possible disruptions. Commissioner Starks has provided stalwart support for media diversity and rapid broadband deployment, especially to those people and places that too many others have neglected. Benton does not always agree with Commissioner Carr, but in a time of deep partisan division, we do very much appreciate his collaboration on many issues, especially on spectrum matters.

Chairwoman Cantwell Applauds Senate Confirmation of FCC Commissioners

On Sept 30, the US Senate unanimously voted to confirm Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr to serve another term as Commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said, “Americans need a fully-equipped FCC that is ready to deliver on an agenda that puts consumers first.

Commissioner Starks on His Senate Confirmation and Commissioner Carr's

I am deeply honored to serve another term on the Federal Communications Commission. Day in and day out, this agency helps build a more innovative, secure, and equitable America. I’m thrilled to continue advancing that mission on behalf of the American public – and on a Commission that is operating at full strength. I would like to express my sincerest thanks to President Biden for his nomination and to Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, and Chair Cantwell for their support during the confirmation process. I also would like to congratulate Commissioner Carr on his confirmation.

FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel's Net Neutrality Remarks

Today, there is no expert agency ensuring that the internet is fast, open, and fair. Since the birth of the modern internet, the Federal Communications Commission had played that role. It makes sense. These are principles that have deep origins in communications law and history. After all, back in the era when communications meant telephony, every call went through, and your phone company could not cut off your call or edit the content of your conversation.

The Fifth FCC Commissioner

Anna Gomez is the newest, and fifth, Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. This may allow the FCC to pursue a Democratic agenda to tackle various issues:

Senators Call on FCC to Restore Authority Over Broadband, Net Neutrality Protections

Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) led 25 of their Senate colleagues in writing to Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expeditiously reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act and restore net neutrality protections. Doing so will allow the FCC to effectively protect consumers from harmful practices online, promote affordable access to the internet, enhance public safety, increase marketplace competition, and take other important steps to benefit our nation’s digital future.

FCC Republican Pushes Against Idea Of Net Neutrality Revival

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr, a longtime opponent of net neutrality rules, blasted the idea of bringing back regulations now that Democrats have a majority at the agency again. He said that recent Supreme Court law makes clear that a net neutrality revival would not survive legal challenges, meaning that any effort to craft rules would sap time from a FCC that should be focused elsewhere.