Items tagged "FCC"

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FCC Approves 3.5 GHz NPRM, Undermines Rules Designed to Promote Rural Deployment

October 24, 2017 3.5GHz , FCC , Rural Access , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will undo years of the FCC’s work to improve wireless deployments in rural areas, close the digital divide, and promote spectrum use by a wide range of users with diverse and innovative business models in the 150 megahertz between 3550-3700 MHz (the 3.5 GHz Band or Band). Adopting the NPRM is the first step to undermining the FCC’s work in the 3.5 GHz Band, and represents a rare lose-lose-lose scenario in spectrum policy making.

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The FCC’s Plan to Gut Tech Transitions Rules Is Bad for Consumers, Small Businesses and Competition

September 6, 2017 consumer protections , FCC , infrastructure , Tech Transitions

In April of this year, the Federal Communications Commission began a wireline infrastructure proceeding designed to accelerate broadband deployment. The proceeding contains multiple proposals to remove barriers to broadband deployment and infrastructure, such as reforming pole attachment rates and preempting state and local laws. Buried within these proposals is a plan to eliminate “tech transitions” rules, which outline the responsibilities of phone carriers when they choose to retire copper networks or discontinue service.

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If Cable Won’t #UnlockTheBox, Why Would ISPs #ProtectNetNeutrality?

August 7, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Set-Top Boxes , Title II , Unlock the Box

The recent Internet Day of Action for net neutrality illustrates how intensely consumers feel about net neutrality protections, as more than 50,000 people, websites, and organizations demonstrated in favor of a free and open internet. Many Internet Service Providers claim that they, too, want net neutrality, but with one exception: they don’t want any rules that can be enforced against them. Asking giant internet providers like Comcast to behave is, quite frankly, implausible given their history of anti-competitive behavior.

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Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me. Fool Me Every Time — I’m the FCC!

July 12, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Set-Top Box , Unlock the Box

This blog post was originally published on Harold Feld’s personal blog, “Tales of the Sausage Factory,” on Wetmachine.com.

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ISP Protests of Title II Make It Clear That We Need the Current Rules

July 10, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Protect Net Neutrality , Title II

In 2017 in America, slashing regulation has become more victory chant than policy, and broadband companies are using this opportunity to put open internet protections back on the chopping block.

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The FCC Should Continue Its Strong Role in Protecting Broadband Privacy

July 10, 2017 Broadband Privacy , CPNI , FCC , Lifeline , Privacy

When people use the internet, they provide a vast amount of personal, often sensitive information. Ill-protected personal information can result in anything from predatory advertising to fraud. Consumers need strong rules and aggressive agencies to protect their online privacy. The Federal Communications Commission is the agency in charge of implementing and enforcing communications law and regulations. The FCC is ideally situated to protect consumers’ information on communications networks, considering its success in protecting subscribers’ privacy in other areas such as telephone and cable networks.

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Privacy Legislation Falls Short of Providing Consumers With Comprehensive Online Privacy Protections

June 28, 2017 Broadband Privacy , FCC , Legislation , Online Privacy , Privacy

Ever since Congress repealed the Federal Communication Commission’s broadband privacy rules, consumers have expressed outrage over their lack of privacy protections when accessing broadband networks. The FCC’s rules prevented broadband providers from sharing sensitive customer information without permission. Repealing these privacy rules left a significant gap in consumer protection in the internet ecosystem.

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There Is No Loophole in the Net Neutrality Rules

June 13, 2017 FCC , Litigation , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017

One of the stranger ideas going around among the anti-net neutrality crowd (and in the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to roll back the net neutrality rules) is the idea that the current rules, adopted by the previous FCC, contain a loophole that allows Internet Service Providers to block whatever websites they want to and generally avoid the rules, provided they use the right magic words–namely, that if they simply say ahead of time they intend to violate the rules, they’re no longer subject to them. This is wrong—the rules only cover broadband ISPs, which are defined quite precisely, but there’s no way for an ISP to continue offering what anyone would recognize as “internet access” without being covered by the rules.

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NCTA Proves Virtuous Cycle Works

June 8, 2017 FCC , Investment , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

Last week, NCTA, the trade association for the industry formerly known as cable, posted this amazing graph and blog post showing that the “virtuous cycle” the Federal Communications Commission predicted would happen when it adopted the Open Internet rules (a.k.a. net neutrality) back in December 2010.

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The FCC is Trying to Kill The Open Internet – What That Means and How to Stop It

May 25, 2017 FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

It’s safe to say we are most of us in an era of unpredictability. Take comfort, then, in this case study in predictability, for at the very least, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has so far been everything and done everything you could expect from someone who vowed to “take a weed whacker” to the open Internet. Since his ascension, Pai’s agenda has been one of systematic rollback of consumer safeguards, one by one by one, and the latest and greatest commenced at last Thursday’s Open Meeting vote to dismantle critical net neutrality protections.

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