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Jan 12th Update on FCC’s Internet Freedom Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the Commission voted 3-2 as expected along party lines to adopt the Internet Freedom Order that had been circulated as a draft on November 22, 2017. When effective, the new order will reverse the...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

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

Coming Full Circle: FTC Recovers BIAS Regulation Jurisdiction Following FCC Vote

by BakerHostetler on

In a widely publicized decision, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted on Dec. 14, 2017, to repeal the tenets of the Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet Order, or the Open Internet Order, of 2015. See...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

Net Neutrality Repeal: An Implication for Content Mergers?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The FCC recently repealed the net neutrality rules. Now your favorite ISP can charge more for better and faster access, deny you access to sites you really shouldn’t be looking at (we’re looking at you CNN), and degrade all...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

The End of the Internet? What to Expect after the FCC’s 3-2 Vote to Restore Internet Freedom

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted 3-2 to roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order, with all Republican commissioners voting in favor of the item and both Democratic commissioners strongly dissenting. As we discussed in an...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

FCC Votes to Adopt Internet Freedom Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the Commission voted 3-2 as expected along party lines to adopt the Internet Freedom Order that had been circulated as a draft on November 22, 2017. When effective, the new order will reverse the...more

What to Expect from the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This Thursday, December 14th, the FCC will vote on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, after releasing a draft on November 22nd. The Draft Order would overturn the FCC’s earlier 2015 Open Internet Order. We don’t expect any...more

The Reversal of Net Neutrality on Privacy 101

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) potential reversal of the Obama Administration’s ‘Net Neutrality’ rules have been a constant headline lately. Most media coverage goes to the core principals of net neutrality,...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

Trampling on Fundamental Freedoms — Ending Net Neutrality

The issue of net neutrality discouragingly has devolved into death threats. A 28-year-old man faces criminal charges for allegedly saying he will kill Rep. John Katko if the New York Republican supports the Federal...more

Does net neutrality have a future?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) draft order on the open internet would roll back the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order, and order that internet access services no longer be considered as telecommunications services...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

FCC to Repeal Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft order to repeal its own net neutrality rules. The order, which is expected to be voted upon and approved by a partisan 3-2 vote on...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

What blockchain can learn from the net neutrality debate: antitrust and regulatory aspects of “paid prioritization” for a nascent...

by Hogan Lovells on

First come, first served. That’s not the principle behind the clearance of Bitcoin transactions. Equally for other blockchain technology networks, the relevant factor to get a transaction on the next available block is not...more

House Antitrust Subcommittee Explores the Role of Antitrust Law in Net Neutrality

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 1, 2017 the House Antitrust Law Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the role of federal agencies in preserving an open Internet. The core question discussed at the hearing was whether current antitrust law...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

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