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FCC Proposes to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently commenced a highly contentious proceeding to begin the rollback of various aspects of its network neutrality regulations, which it adopted on a party-line vote under the...more

Is Antitrust Law a Viable Substitute for Net Neutrality?

In April 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a Notice of Proposed Order, Restoring Internet Freedom, seeking to reverse the FCC’s previous adoption of “net neutrality” principles in its March 2015 Open Internet Order. Net...more

FCC Net Neutrality War

by King & Spalding on

On April 27, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), proposing to reverse the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order (“Title II Order”), which had applied Title II...more

FCC Launches Proceeding to Rollback Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

New developments: Since we published our update below, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin the process of rolling back the rules and regulatory framework for net neutrality...more

Divided FCC Begins Proceeding to Revise Internet Oversight Policy, Reverse Many “Open Internet Order” Decisions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 18, 2017, at the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) May Open Meeting, the Commission adopted, on a two-one vote, a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), titled “Restoring Internet Freedom,”...more

Draft “Internet Freedom NPRM” Released by FCC – More Net Neutrality Madness to Follow

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On April 27, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released the draft text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “Internet Freedom NPRM”) that would reverse the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order. The Open Internet Order, which has now...more

Ninth Circuit Grants FTC Request for Rehearing En Banc of AT&T Throttling Case, Setting Aside Earlier Opinion

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) request for rehearing en banc of the court’s earlier decision to dismiss an FTC case against AT&T...more

FCC Chairman Issues Proposal to Rollback Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has waded back into the shark-infested waters of net neutrality by releasing a draft NPRM proposal to reverse the FCC’s recently upheld consumer protection rules prohibiting Broadband Internet Access...more

Previewing the (Net Neutrality) Road Ahead: Chairman Pai Announces a Plan to Reverse the 2015 Open Internet Order

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On April 26, 2017, Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) announced his plans to launch a rulemaking proceeding reassessing the FCC’s Open Internet rules. During an event at...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Know Your Limits: Understanding Your Term Sheet’s Exclusivity Provision - Before going exclusive with a VC, startups should understand this key provision in...more

Pai FCC Restores and Expands Small Carrier Open Internet Transparency Exemption

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Thursday February 23, 2017, by a 2-1 vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to restore the Small Provider Exemption from the Commission’s Open Internet rules, and to expand the exemption to cover more BIAS...more

No Neutrality Here — Thursday’s FCC Vote Highlights the Enduring Struggle Between Tech Companies and ISPs Over “Net Neutrality”

by Butler Snow LLP on

The tech industry’s divide over “net neutrality” deepened when the FCC voted this past Thursday to suspend key Obama-era net neutrality requirements for broadband internet service providers (“ISPs”). The FCC’s net neutrality...more

New FCC Chairman Moves to Roll Back Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Ever since the presidential election and the replacement of former Obama administration FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler with former Republican commissioner and now Chairman Ajit Pai, communications industry and privacy policy...more

FCC Adopts Broader Exemption from Enhanced Open Internet Transparency Disclosure Requirements for Small Providers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Today, the FCC adopted an order relieving broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer connections from the enhanced transparency requirements introduced in the 2015 Open Internet Order. Compared to the prior Administration’s...more

Open Internet: Dead or Alive?

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

John Pietila presented this webinar on the subject of Net Neutrality (Open Internet) to the Iowa Communications Alliance in February 2017. Please see full Presentation below for more information....more

FCC Begins Roll Back of Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

Roughly two weeks since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has taken steps providing further evidence that he plans to roll back FCC actions taken under...more

Chairman Pai Steps-It-Up on Broadband Deployment

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new Broadband Advisory Committee, calling for nominations by February 15, 2017. The mission of the new FCC federal advisory committee is to make...more

Ajit Pai and the FCC’s Role in ISP Privacy Regulation under President Trump

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump named Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In his previous role as the senior Republican on the FCC under President Barack Obama, Mr. Pai was an...more

Ajit Pai Appointed Chairman of the FCC – Expect Change

by Reed Smith on

In one of his earliest official acts, President Trump appointed FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai as the long-term Chairman of the FCC. While many thought Commissioner Pai was the most likely candidate to be named interim Chairman of...more

Ajit Pai Selected as Next FCC Chairman

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On January 20, 2017, Politico Pro reported that President Trump selected Republican Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai to serve as the next permanent FCC Chairman. According to the report,...more

FCC Wireless Bureau’s Staff Report Questions AT&T and Verizon Zero Rating Practices in Mobile Broadband Market…But To What Effect...

On January 11, 2017, the FCC released its most extensive “policy review” of mobile broadband operators sponsored data offerings for zero-rated content and services since the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order. ...more

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Releases Draft Framework for Analyzing Zero-Rated and Sponsored Data Programs

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On January 11, 2017, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB or Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued an informal report—“Policy Review of Mobile Broadband Operators’ Sponsored Data...more

Internet Law in a Trump Presidency

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In a Democracy, transitions in leadership happen more frequently than in any other form of government. And with those transitions, some previous policies and orders are preserved and some are reversed. This approach to...more

FCC Announces Enhanced Broadband Transparency Disclosures Will Become Effective on January 17, 2017 – Small Provider Exemptions in...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Thursday, December 16, the FCC announced that the Office of Management and Budget had approved the long-delayed “enhanced” Open Internet transparency requirements, which were originally approved in March 2015. As a result,...more

FCC’s Enhanced Transparency Rule Effective January 17, 2017; Small Provider Exemption Expires

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

According to a Public Notice the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released today, on December 15, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has completed its review of the enhanced transparency rule from the...more

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