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"Debunking Chairman Pai’s Claims about Net Neutrality"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on December 1st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has released "Debunking Chairman Pai's Claims about Net Neutrality."

Here's an excerpt:

As an unwavering champion of net neutrality, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn believes in setting the record straight. Chairman Pai made a number of claims and predictions in his dissent from the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.

Just how good were the Chairman's predictions?

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"Net Neutrality Supporters Plan Nationwide Protests on December 7"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 28th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Timothy B. Lee has published "Net Neutrality Supporters Plan Nationwide Protests on December 7" in Ars Technica.

The protests will be at Verizon stores.

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"FCC’s Next Step on Net Neutrality: Blocking the States"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 22nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Margaret Harding McGill has published "FCC's Next Step on Net Neutrality: Blocking the States" in Politico.

The article states that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's "Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom" order would pre-empt "state and local regulations attempting to regulate broadband in ways that run counter to the federal rules."

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Six Ways to Contact Congress and the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 22nd, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Matt Petronzio has published "Net Neutrality's in Trouble. Here's How to Fight for a Free and Fair Internet" in Mashable.

The article describes and provides links to six sites that you can use to easily contact Congress and the FCC to support net neutrality, including the Battle for the Net, 5 Calls, the Free Press Action Fund, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CREDO Action, and the ACLU.

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Widespread Reports That the FCC Chairman Plans to Kill Net Neutrality

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 21st, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

There are a number of reports that Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the FCC, plans to repeal net neutrality rules in December. See the below articles for details.

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An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality, Reports and White Papers on August 17th, 2017 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Internet Association has released An Empirical Investigation of the Impacts of Net Neutrality.

Here's an excerpt:

The empirical evidence shows that the implementation of NN rules has had none of the negative impacts theorized by its critics a decade ago. Far from a great strain on infrastructure investment, network capacity, and innovative activity, NN rules have had no negative effect on the telecommunications sector in these areas. The sector has thrived while edge services have opened an entirely new economy bringing millions of new jobs and hundreds of thousands of new businesses to our economy. Net neutrality has been crucial for that development.

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"Net Neutrality in Court This Week: The Story of How We Got Here"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on December 3rd, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Harold Feld has published "Net Neutrality in Court This Week: The Story of How We Got Here" in Net Neutrality.

Here's an excerpt:

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules to ensure the Internet remains an open platform for consumers and innovators. The new rules (adopted as part of the Open Internet Order) are a capstone to over a decade of policy battles and litigation over how the FCC regulates broadband Internet service. For close observers of the net neutrality saga, this Friday brings a sense of déjà vu,, as the agency again heads to Court to defend net neutrality rules at oral argument.

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"’Stay With Me’: ISPs Head to Court to Fight New Net Neutrality Rules"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on May 27th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Meredith Filak Rose has published "Stay With Me': ISPs Head to Court to Fight New Net Neutrality Rules" in Public Knowledge's Net Neutrality Blog.

Here's an excerpt:

It's been almost three months since the FCC issued its order reclassifying Internet Service Providers as Title II telecommunications carriers and establishing strong net neutrality rules. No one was surprised when the ISPs cried foul and sued to overturn the ruling. . . .

Earlier this week, the ISPs attempted to stop the clock by arguing that the regulations should be delayed until after the lawsuit has worked its way completely through the courts-a process that will, in all likelihood, take years.

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"The Net Neutrality Saga: A Long-Expected Journey"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on April 27th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Public Knowledge has released The Net Neutrality Saga: A Long-Expected Journey by Kate Forscey.

Here's an excerpt:

Meanwhile, some members of Congress are also taking aim at the FCC's rules, introducing a slew of bills, each purporting to address some part of the agency process that only seem to be in response to the FCC's rules. . . .

  • MORE FLIES WITH HONEY: First, Senators Thune and Upton introduced bills before the FCC even voted, sensing the strong regulations coming and hoping to head the Commission off at the pass. They claim the bill legislatively protects net neutrality by preventing non-throttling and non-blocking. . . More importantly, the bill revokes the Commission's authority over any other aspect of the broadband ecosystem, forever. . . .
  • SALTING THE EARTH:  An alternative—but unsurprising—attack came from a different faction of Congressional Republicans, headed by Rep. Collins. Once the rules hit the Federal Register, the clock starts ticking on the Congressional Review Act—which allows Congress to review a "major" rule issued by any federal agency before the rules take effect (so, 60 days). The resolution ("CR") only needs a simple majority to pass in the House and the Senate—although the President can veto it, and likely would in this case. . . .
  • AND THE "REFORM" KITCHEN SINK: Most recently, three members dropped three different draft "FCC process reform" bills, each of which aims to restructure how the agency functions.

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President Obama Releases Net Neutrality Statement

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on November 11th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

President Obama has issued a statement about net neutrality.

Here's an excerpt:

The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone. I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online. The rules I am asking for are simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day, and that some ISPs already observe. These bright-line rules include:

  • No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player—not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP—gets a fair shot at your business.
  • No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others—through a process often called "throttling"—based on the type of service or your ISP's preferences.
  • Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs—the so-called "last mile"—is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
  • No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a "slow lane" because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet's growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

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International Trade Commission and Digital Data Regultation: "Brief of PK and EFF in ClearCorrect v. ITC"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation on October 17th, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The EFF has released "Brief of PK and EFF in ClearCorrect v. ITC."

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

In the sweeping and unprecedented decision below, the International Trade Commission found that its authority to regulate trade extends to pure "electronic transmission of digital data" untied to any physical medium. Generally, by statute, the Commission's jurisdiction is limited to oversight of "importation . . . of articles." However, the Commission expansively construed the term "articles" to potentially include anything "bought and sold in commerce," thereby leading to its conclusion that digital data was an article of importation. This broadly sketched statutory construction fails to indicate clearly any limiting principles on the Commission's power.

Among other things, the Commission's decision leaves open the question of whether all transmissions of telecommunications data are within the scope of its authority.

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"Keeping Up With… Net Neutrality"

Posted in Internet Regulation, Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on August 22nd, 2014 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ACRL has released "Keeping Up With… Net Neutrality".

Network neutrality, a term coined by Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu in 2003[1], is the idea that an internet service provider (ISP) should treat all the data that travels through its network equally, regardless of the source, destination, or content of that data. In practice, this means that the data packets that make up streaming video, images from a digital archive, massively multiplayer online games, and class material in a course management system are all delivered from server to user indiscriminately, with minor modifications for network optimization. Discriminating against or blocking content from reaching an end user (e.g. slowing down certain websites like Netflix or blocking access to a service like Apple's FaceTime) violates the principle of net neutrality.

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