Items tagged "Network Neutrality"

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PK In The Know Podcast: Net Neutrality, Phone Transition, and Fair Use

January 31, 2014 Fair Use , Network Neutrality , phone transition

PK In The Know Podcast: Net Neutrality, Phone Transition, and Fair Use

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PK In The Know Podcast: Net Neutrality and 3D Printing

January 17, 2014 3D Printing , Network Neutrality

PK In The Know Podcast: Net Neutrality and 3D Printing

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PK In The Know Podcast: 3D Printing Guns and Lawsuits, Patent Reform, and Net Neutrality

December 6, 2013 3D Printing , Network Neutrality , Patent Reform

PK In The Know Podcast: 3D Printing Guns and Lawsuits, Patent Reform, and Net Neutrality

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Will the FCC Create an Internet for the 1%?

April 29, 2014 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Network Neutrality

This week, the Federal Communications Commission released information about new draft rules for an open internet. This followed the U.S. Court of Appeals decision which struck down the legal path used to implement the original Open Internet rules, but upheld the FCC’s authority to do so under section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, or via reclassification of broadband as a “Title II” service.

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The Net Neutrality Decision And The IP Transition. What Happens When You Cant Make Phone Service Wor

January 16, 2014 Network Neutrality , phone transition

As I noted in my first post-Verizon v. FCC blog post, the Net Neutrality decision both dramatically expanded and dramatically limited the FCC’s authority. This has a large number of immediate implications for the FCC’s ability to conduct its work. While this ripples across just about every area of FCC jurisdiction, it has its most immediate impact on the transition of the phone system to all IP.


At a glance, the biggest losers are cable operators (except Comcast), CLECs, and anyone else that wants mandatory interconnection or cares about call completion. That means resolving the rural call completion problem just became harder, since VOIP providers cannot, now, be subject to the duty to complete calls. The most recent FCC Order, which imposes reporting requirements is still OK. But the original declaratory ruling requiring IP-based providers to actually complete calls is probably a dead letter.

On the other hand, the decision potentially empowers the state Public Utility Commissions (“PUCs”), or gives the FCC power to delegate to state PUCs, the ability to override the laws passed in 27 states that prohibit any regulation of IP based services, and to override limits on municipal broadband.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Net Neutrality Oral Argument

September 12, 2013 Broadband Authority , FCC , Network Neutrality , Non-Discrimination , Open Internet

If Monday’s net neutrality oral argument in the DC Circuit foreshadowed the court’s decision, opponents and supporters of the FCC’s rules will each have something to cheer and something to fear. 


While some have portrayed the likely outcome of Monday’s DC Circuit oral argument on Verizon’s challenge to the Federal Communications Comission’s Open Internet order as a victory for anti-net neutrality forces and a loss for its supporters, the reality is much more complicated.   With the caveat that one can never rarely predict the ultimate outcome of a case – particularly one as difficult and multi-layered as this one – based solely on the oral argument, there are some pretty clear takeaways, some good, some bad and some just plain ugly.  For a comprehensive report on what happened in the courtroom, read Harold’s excellent blog post.

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What Happened At The Net Neutrality Oral Argument

September 9, 2013 FCC , Network Neutrality

Some quick take-aways from today’s net neutrality oral arguments.  For background on the hearing, start here, and for a timeline of net neutrality, click here.


Today, Verizon and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had an oral argument before the D.C. Circuit Court debating the network neutrality rules. The argument took place before Judge Rogers, Judge Tatel, and Senior Judge Silberman (“senior” means “technically retired but still hearing cases when I feel like it”). You can listen to the 2+ hour oral argument I sat through this morning here.

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Clarifying What I Would Do If I Were FCC Chair

June 6, 2013 Broadband Authority , FCC , Network Neutrality

ISPs should put the cork back in their champagne bottles. Public Knowledge still thinks Title II is the best way to reinstate the FCC’s authority over broadband Internet access, though other means of providing that authority would be acceptable too.


This past Tuesday I appeared on a Free State Foundation panel entitled “If I were the FCC Chairman….” For 2 hours representatives from Verizon, Time Warner Cable and I had the opportunity to “live the dream,” and set out what we would do if we commanded that big office on the 8th floor for the next several years.  

It is certainly hard for a reporter to condense 2 hours of non-stop opinionating and prognosticating into 400 words; sometimes nuances get lost.  Such was the case with a Communications Daily story on the panel, which screamed “FCC Will Lose Open Internet Case, Should Not Go Back to Title II, Say TWC, Public Knowledge Officials.” Champagne bottles could be heard popping in big ISP’s offices all over Washington, DC.  

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FCC: This is What a Net Neutrality Violation Looks Like

May 10, 2013 Data Caps , Network Neutrality

Content providers paying ISPs special fees to access customers is exactly what net neutrality is supposed to prevent.  It is time for the FCC to heed its own warning.


News broke today that ESPN is in negotiations with at least one major wireless carrier to pay to exempt ESPN content from data caps.  This type of structure, where content providers who pay get better access to customers, is exactly what net neutrality is designed to prevent. 

At its core, net neutrality is all about making sure that the company that connects you to the internet does not get to control what you do on the internet (if you ever forget that, just head on over to WhatIsNetNeutrality.org for a reminder).  Imposing data caps on consumers and then allowing wealthy content holders to buy their way around them is a recipe for stagnation online.

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Will Walden Wipe Out DMCA Just To Hack At Net Neutrality? Make My Day!

April 10, 2013 DMCA , FCC , ITU , Network Neutrality

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will begin mark up of the so-called “Internet Freedom Bill.” As explained in the Majority Briefing Memo, we’re still on about that whole “the ITU will take control of the Internet and black helicopters will come for out name servers” thing.”  Unfortunately, as keeps happening with this, it looks like some folks want to hijac

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