Nov 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Internet edge (content) providers have always been some of the leading advocates for keeping the 2015 Open Internet rules for ISPs in place, including forbidding the blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic. For example, Twitter wrote in a blog post earlier this year that, "[w]ithout net neutrality in force, ISPs would even be able to block content they don't like, reject apps and content that compete with their own offerings, and arbitrarily discriminate against particular content providers by prioritizing certain Internet traffic over theirs."
Nov 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM
In less than two weeks the FCC is expected to make public its highly anticipated Net Neutrality Order in which it is expected to both reclassify broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a Title I information service and eliminate most if not all of the existing net neutrality rules. ISPs are ready to rejoice. They have spent the last two years loathing and trying to overturn the strict rules established in 2015 and are finally about to get their wish. They face one problem however, many state commissions are poised to write their own net neutrality rules, many potentially in conflict with the upcoming Order. This is especially true in states led by Democrats who are adamantly opposed to any changes to the existing rules.
Oct 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM
As we enter the baseball playoffs, ISPs are covering all their bases in their efforts to overturn the FCC's 2015 Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Order. On September 28, 2017, AT&T, USTelecom and CenturyLink filed petitions with the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting the High Court to overturn the decisions of the DC Circuit Appeals in which a panel of judges supported the 2015 Open Internet Order and then refused to let the case be reheard by the entire Court. In legal terms, the Petitioners filed a "Writ of Certiorari."
Mar 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM
A year from now, we will almost surely be able to look back at this week and proclaim that the newest regulatory battle over the Internet began in earnest. Here’s why we view this week as so important.
Republicans introduced legislation to ensure that ISPs do not face more stringent privacy rules than edge providers, while more than 170 consumer advocate groups sent letters to the FCC imploring the agency to keep the net neutrality and privacy rules in place. For his part, President Trump ensured the Internet battle would rage by re-nominating FCC Chairman Alit Pai to a new five year term as an FCC commissioner, locking in the chief advocate of limited Internet regulation as FCC Chairman for the entire term of the Trump administration.
Mar 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM
To the surprise of almost no one but to the consternation of many, the FCC partially stayed the previous FCC’s 2016 ISP privacy Order, scheduled to take effect on March 2, 2017. Specifically, the Commission stayed the portion of the Order, requiring ISPs to obtain consumer consent before using precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children’s information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing.
Feb 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM
The election of Donald Trump was a heavy blow to CLECs and smaller ISPs. Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had been a kindred spirit they could turn to reliably create regulations almost on an as needed basis. That empathy for competitive carriers has almost certainly been lost under the auspices of new Chairman Ajit Pai. But independent carriers are not going away and certainly are going to pressure the new Commission to respond to their concerns. That was made clear in a February 13th letter from the association INCOMPAS to Chairman Pai detailing the steps competitive carriers want the FCC to take to better enable broadband deployment.
Feb 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM
For anyone observing the FCC during the Obama administration, it was abundantly clear that ex-Chairman Tom Wheeler and current Chairman Ajit Pai radically disagreed about the need for regulations designed to protect consumers. Wheeler was a staunch proponent for such regulations, especially those in which companies such as ISPs utilized consumer data as part of their day-to-day operations. Thus, his FCC promulgated strict net neutrality and Internet privacy rules and had little appetite for services such as zero-rated data offerings that appeared to favor certain content over others.
Feb 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM
New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai tried to calm panicked consumer advocates this week when he announced that he had not decided what, if anything, the Commission planned on doing about net neutrality. Pai stated that he is opposed to the current Title II common carrier classification for ISPs, but would study the issue further. This inaction makes sense since Pai is waiting to see if Congress can quickly “fix” net neutrality before the FCC is forced to address it again in a lengthy proceeding.
Jan 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM
It is not even Inauguration Day, but the open season on telecom regulations developed during the Tom Wheeler era at the FCC has already begun! On January 3, 2017, several ISP and cable associations including The Internet and Television Association (NCTA) and the US Telecom Association (USTA) filed Petitions for Reconsideration requesting the Commission to significantly modify its November 2, 2016 ISP Privacy Order in Docket 16-106.
Dec 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler may have been stymied by Congress from re-regulating the business data services (BDS) market or from taking other controversial actions in his last days of leading the FCC. However, the Chairman cannot resist one particular issue that has apparently bothered him for a while. That is the issue of Internet zero-rated data services. These are the increasingly popular services provided by ISPs in which certain Internet traffic does not count toward a customer’s overall data cap.