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Democrats Now Want Net Neutrality Extended to Internet Content Providers

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

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."

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality, Open Internet, ISPs, internet traffic, net neutrality order

ISPs Seek to Quash State Net Neutrality Rules

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

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.

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality, ISPs

ISPs Appeal Net Neutrality Order to Supreme Court

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

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."

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality, Broadband, ISPs

Politically Divided FCC finds Wireless Market Competitive

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Sep 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

I can't be the only one to miss the days when one had confidence that a key FCC decision would be based on facts and analysis rather than political payback and subterfuge, can I? Because these constantly flawed 3-2 FCC decisions are getting old and extremely annoying.

This week in its latest partisan decision the Commission approved its 20th Annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report by concluding that the wireless market is competitive. This decision bothered me in several ways. First, it is clear that in reaching its conclusion, the current FCC was paying back the previous FCC for refusing to make such a finding. Second, by refusing to define "effective competition," and failing to conduct an extensive analysis of the market it is obvious that the outcome of this "investigation" was pre-ordained. Third, and most significantly, by concluding that the wireless market is working so well that it does not need onerous regulation, this Report could pave the way for the FCC supporting the rumored merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality, wireless

Ninth Circuit Case Could Determine How (and If) Internet Companies Are Regulated

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Sep 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As a new net neutrality decision nears, there is an extremely important ongoing case at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that is not getting the attention it warrants. The case is AT&T v. the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and it arose from a 2014 FTC complaint charging AT&T with failing to adequately warn unlimited-data customers that their data speeds would be reduced, or throttled, if they used too much data in a given billing cycle.

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality, Broadband

Is the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Inquiry a Sham?

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Aug 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

I’m done giving the FCC the benefit of the doubt. Because of the many years I spent dealing with the ambiguity and costs of Title II, I defended Chairman Pai and company when they sought to reclassify broadband Internet access service as a Title I information service in the net neutrality proceeding, although I have my qualms about eliminating the Internet bright line rules.

I never questioned the Commission’s motives when it proposed eliminating some of the restrictions on the pricing of ILEC special access services, although the competitive market test it used to justify deregulation cannot be taken seriously.

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality, Broadband

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Comments: Don’t Read Them!

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Jul 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It is summertime and I am sure that most of you would rather spend your free time outside rather than reading the thousands of industry comments filed this week regarding the FCC’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order. Here’s the deal, go outside!

Like actors playing their assigned roles, each major industry participant filed predictable comments that could have been written easily by a computer. The only difference between these comments and ones these companies previously filed is this time, each side of the net neutrality argument spent big bucks to hire economic experts to (surprise!) parrot their well-known positions.

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality

Will “Bright-Line” Net Neutrality Rules Be Eliminated?

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

May 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

By a 2-1 party line vote yesterday, the FCC voted to approve a Notice of Approved Rulemaking (NPRM) that will substantially remake regulations for the Internet. Although in theory the Commission has an open mind when it begins a new proceeding, in this Docket (17-108) it is no secret that the two Republican Commissioners plan on using their majority to reclassify broadband Internet access as a Title I information service and do away with the vague rule providing it with authority to regulate all ISP future Internet behavior.

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality

Pai Launches New Effort to Kill Title II Internet Regulation

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Apr 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this week began his long expected effort to repeal and replace the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order which classified broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a Title II telecommunications service and required all Internet traffic to be treated equally. According to Pai, the Commission will vote on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) at its May 18, 2017 meeting and will begin accepting industry comments on July 17, 2017. An order could be issued late this year. The goals of the NPRM are to reclassify BIAS as a Title I information service and develop rules to regulate the Internet going forward with a “light touch.”

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality

The End of Net Neutrality: Catastrophe or Godsend?

Posted by Andrew Regitsky

Apr 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

While perusing the latest FCC filings and news stories trying to decide what to write about this week, I couldn’t help but notice that so many are already characterizing the Commission’s upcoming review of the 2015 Open Internet Order (widely known as the Net Neutrality Order) in apocalyptic terms. 

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Topics: regulatory updates, FCC, Net Neutrality

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