Items tagged "Title II"

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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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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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Fact-Checking ISPs’ Claims of Support for Net Neutrality

May 5, 2017 Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

In the days since Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman under President Trump, announced his plan to reverse the wildly popular (and court-affirmed) Open Internet Order, there’s been a lot of strange rhetoric coming from Internet Service Providers. While celebrating the proposed death of the only net neutrality rules to prevail against ISP court challenges, these monopolistic, noncompetitive companies keep insisting they love net neutrality and have no intention of doing any of the things the net neutrality rules prohibit. They’re celebrating the death of the rules, insisting that the rules aren’t needed because they weren’t going to do any of those things anyway, so we should trust them.

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Beyond Net Neutrality: The Importance of Title II for Broadband

May 2, 2017 Broadband Privacy , Lifeline , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

In its 2015 Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission reclassified broadband internet under Title II of the Communications Act, establishing broadband providers as common carriers under the same framework as our telephone networks. By embracing its Title II authority and creating clear, bright line rules against blocking and discrimination, the FCC enacted the strongest net neutrality rules in history.

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We Need Title II Protections in the Uncompetitive Broadband Market

April 26, 2017 Competition , FCC , Net Neutrality , Net Neutrality in 2017 , Title II

Internet Service Providers and their allies sometimes act as though net neutrality advocates are picking on them for no good reason, as though we selected their industry out of a hat. But the internet access market is unique in several ways, which is precisely what justifies treating them as common carriers, who are obligated to offer a nondiscriminatory service on reasonable terms. Since net neutrality, which was thought to be a settled issue, has become unsettled again, it’s time to review some of the features of the broadband market that show why net neutrality rules are essential.

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Understanding the Ninth Circuit’s Decision in AT&T Mobility v. FTC

August 31, 2016 FCC , FTC , Litigation , Title II

The Ninth Circuit issued a fairly important decision limiting the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Unfortunately, articles such as this from CNET, combined with some overwrought commentary, have generated a lot of confusion.

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Happy Birthday Net Neutrality! Where Do We Stand One Year Later?

February 26, 2016 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Title II , Zero Rating

One year ago today, the Federal Communications Commission enacted the strongest net neutrality rules in history. It was a day of celebration in the Internet policy community, after a daunting year of fighting against big Internet Service Providers like Verizon and Comcast that took advantage of a court’s decision to rule against the net neutrality rules we had at that time.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Oral Arguments for Yet Another Appeal of FCC Open Internet Rule

December 3, 2015 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Title II

This Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments for yet another appeal of the FCC’s Open Internet rules. This time, the gloves are off as the Commission’s most recent action, the Open Internet Order of 2015, saw the FCC do what Public Knowledge has said it should have done all along by reclassifying broadband service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. This historic decision received thunderous applause from innovators, tech companies, and millions of consumers alike, because it finally gives the FCC a solid legal basis for protecting broadband users.

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

December 2, 2015 FCC , Net Neutrality , Open Internet , Title II

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. The FCC’s relevance in the broadband era, along with how consumers, content creators, entrepreneurs, and network providers interact with each other, hangs in the balance.

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