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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

Recognizing Access to the Internet as a “Basic Need,” Rejecting Blanket Bans on Internet Use, and Raising Questions as to the...

Rejecting Blanket Bans On Internet Access: In the recent case of J.I. v. New Jersey State Parole Board (A-29-15) (Decided March 21, 2017), in an unanimous opinion authored by Associate Justice Barry Albin, the court...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

OMB Approves Enhanced Transparency Requirements for Open Internet Rules as the Small Provider Exemption Expires; Rules Will Go...

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

FCC’s Final Privacy Rule – How Final Is It?

by BakerHostetler on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order on Oct. 27, 2016, which started to go into effect this month, regarding privacy and data security obligations for broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers...more

What to Expect From the Trump FCC

by Perkins Coie on

In the days since the recent election, many tech, media and telecom industry observers remain unsure of what to expect from the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump administration. Fortunately, there are some...more

President Trump and Open Internet

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In President Trump’s America, is it the end of net neutrality? Forbes interviewed telecomm professionals to discuss outlook for the industry. Pre-election, there was virtually zero discussion of tech and telecom issues...more

FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order: Dead on Arrival?

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Communications Commission recently released an order containing new privacy protections for customers of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers, which was adopted by a 3-2 vote along partisan lines. In...more

Post-Election Outlook: A New, Unpredictable World

In a shock to investors and political analysts around the world, Donald J. Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, putting the Republican Party in charge of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade. Even...more

FCC Releases Broadband Privacy Order with Major Implications for All Telecommunications Carriers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On October 27, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) in a party-line (3-2) vote adopted a Report and Order (the Broadband Privacy Order or Order) that imposes a comprehensive set of privacy and data...more

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