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"California Introduces Its Own Bill to Protect Net Neutrality"

Posted in Net Neutrality on January 8th, 2018 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Katharine Trendacosta has published "California Introduces Its Own Bill to Protect Net Neutrality" in Deeplinks.

Here's an excerpt:

Wiener’s proposed legislation, co-authored by ten state assembly and Senate Democrats, has a number of ways to ensure that telecom companies operating in California adhere to the principals of net neutrality. Washington and New York have similar bills in progress and Wiener isn’t even the only California legislator proposing legislation, as state Sen. Kevin de León has introduced a net neutrality bill as well.

Also of interest; "Tell Congress to Use the CRA [Congressional Review Act] to Save Net Neutrality."

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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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"Public Knowledge Applauds FCC for Delivering Strong Open Internet Rules"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Net Neutrality on March 13th, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Public Knowledge has released "Public Knowledge Applauds FCC for Delivering Strong Open Internet Rules."

Here's an excerpt:

Today, the Federal Communications Commission published its Open Internet Report and Order. The order details strong rules designed to prevent Internet Service Providers from blocking, throttling or using paid prioritization to control how Americans use the internet. . . .

An initial review shows that the order uses Title II to deliver the strong rules the Chairman promised and consumers expect. It includes simple and clear bright-line rules of no blocking, no throttling, and no paid prioritization. It prohibits unreasonable interference with consumer Internet use and strengthens transparency requirements. The Order also shows that the decision is rooted in the opinions, arguments, and legal reasoning of almost 4 million people in the extensive record gathered through this transparent process. . . .

The Order does not create new fees and taxes for consumers. It does not create rate regulation or tariffs. The FCC was careful to forbear from 27 provisions of Title II and over 700 rules and regulations. This effort creates strong protections for consumers without harming the investment that has driven the growth of the Internet into the essential communications tool for the 21st century. It is no wonder that it has such broad support from technology companies big and small, non-tech companies, racial justice and public interest groups, some Internet Service Providers, venture capitalists and investors.

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"FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet"

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

The FCC has released "FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet."

Here's an excerpt:

Today, the Commission—once and for all—enacts strong, sustainable rules, grounded in multiple sources of legal authority, to ensure that Americans reap the economic, social, and civic benefits of an Open Internet today and into the future. These new rules are guided by three principles: America's broadband networks must be fast, fair and open—principles shared by the overwhelming majority of the nearly 4 million commenters who participated in the FCC's Open Internet proceeding. Absent action by the FCC, Internet openness is at risk, as recognized by the very court that struck down the FCC's 2010 Open Internet rules last year in Verizon v. FCC. . . .

Bright Line Rules: The first three rules ban practices that are known to harm the Open Internet:

  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind-in other words, no "fast lanes." This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.

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