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by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Tech Republic reports that “the executive order may help bring internet to previously hard to reach areas, something several ISPs have been working towards.” “A more connected country”, author Olivia Krauth reports, “could...more

Gavel to Gavel: Speedier service or biased browsing?

by McAfee & Taft on

Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission reversed its 2015 rules that were intended to ban internet service providers from paid prioritization of internet users, content and services. Originally published in ...more

Restoring Internet Freedom: FCC Eliminates Common Carrier Regulation of Broadband Providers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New FCC order scales back net neutrality mandates while seeking to ensure internet openness through updated transparency requirements and FTC oversight. Background - On January 4, 2018, the Federal Communications...more

Moving beyond Title II: The net neutrality battle returns to Congress

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Is the obsession with Title II over? For nearly 12 years, the net neutrality issue has bounced back and forth between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the courts. A key aspect of this never-ending debate...more

ML Strategies 2018 Outlook: Telecommunications

Even though Congress spent much of last year focused on a number of bigger-picture priorities including healthcare, tax reform, and appropriations, lawmakers also developed a number of telecom-related bills. Recently,...more

Repeal of Net Neutrality? Everyone loses except the powerful

Web Access Through Corporate Control - The barrage of backlash booming around the repeal of the net-neutrality law by the Federal Communications Commission is facing an all-fronts assault. The communications companies that...more

Is the internet neutral and does it really matter?

by McAfee & Taft on

On April 13, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) placed new regulatory rules on internet service providers (ISPs) that were intended to ban paid prioritization of internet users, content and services. Last...more

Small Business Attacked by FCC — Internet is in the hands of big business

FCC Kills Net Neutrality - Death threats. Protests. Rallies. Strong opinions roil around the controversial Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal the Obama administration’s net-neutrality law that protected a...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - December 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New California Ballot Initiative Targets Proposition 13 Tax Limit for Corporate Properties - Proposition 13, which was approved in California 40 years ago, could potentially be up for debate in 2018. A ballot initiative...more

How Will the Net Neutrality Repeal Impact Blockchain

by Fisher Phillips on

On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted in a 3-2 party-line vote to end net neutrality despite overwhelming bipartisan and public support for it. Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and Comcast...more

A Net-Neutral Decision for Health Care? What Providers Can Expect in the Wake of Net Neutrality Repeal

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As the Federal Communications Commission repeals the Open Internet Order—more commonly known as the net-neutrality rules—health care consumers and providers have been left wondering how this change will affect their ability...more

Robust Transparency Requirements For Broadband Providers After FCC Vote

by Carlton Fields on

On December 14, the FCC voted to repeal the net neutrality regulations brought about by the 2015 Open Internet Order. The FCC has now replaced that framework with the Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order called Restoring...more

Will FCC reversal on net neutrality rules impact consumer payments?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Thursday, December 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to reverse its 2015 order classifying the provision of broadband internet access services as a “telecommunication service” subject to Title II of the...more

Alert: FCC Reverses 2015 Open Internet Order

by Cooley LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the FCC adopted a decision reversing nearly all of the significant elements of its 2015 Open Internet Order and the "network neutrality" rules from that order, retaining only the requirement that...more

Online Retailers Support Challenges to Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

by Bryan Cave on

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote yesterday to dismantle the net neutrality rules regulating businesses that connect consumers to the internet, online retailers have responded that they will support...more

On the Eve of the FCC’s Reclassification of Broadband Services, the FCC and FTC Release Memorandum of Understanding for Oversight...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On December 11, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will allocate oversight and enforcement authority related to...more

FCC Reverses Course, Shifts ISP Customer Privacy Back to FTC

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The wheel that is U.S. policy on “net neutrality” has taken another turn with the release of the FCC’s draft Internet Freedom Order, which, when effective, will reverse the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order (the “Title II...more

FCC Releases Draft Internet Freedom Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The wheel that is U.S. policy on “net neutrality” has taken another turn. On November 22, 2017, the FCC released a draft of the Internet Freedom Order, which, when effective, will reverse the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet...more

Chairman Pai Set to Release Draft Net Neutrality Item

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 21, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement announcing that he had circulated his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order to his fellow commissioners. The draft Order will largely undo the 2015 Open Internet...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

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

Marty Stern: Hot-Button Issues Facing the FCC—More than Net Neutrality

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

WASHINGTON, D.C.—While Net Neutrality remains the highest profile issue involving the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC continues to receive a significant volume of comments from industry officials and lobbying...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

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