The Net-Net on Net Neutrality
with Free Press’ Gaurav Laroia
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Gaurav Laroia, Policy Counsel with Free Press, joins us to discuss the latest developments and status in the ongoing political war over Net Neutrality.
A Net Neutrality Timeline
- 2015: FCC Adopts Open Internet Order
- 2016: DC Circuit Upholds Open Internet Order
US Telecom Ass’n v. FCC, 825 F.3d 574
- 2017: FCC Adopts Restore Internet Freedom Order repealing Open Internet Order after over 21 million comments were submitted (many fraudulent)
- 2017: New York Attorney General launches an investigation over fake comments
- February 22, 2018: 23 State AGs file complaint challenging Open Internet Order, joined by Mozilla Foundation, Free Press and other public interest groups. Cases consolidated as Mozilla Foundation v FCC.
- May 16, 2018: US Senate votes to reverse Restore Internet Freedom Order under Congressional Review Act
- June 11, 2018: Repeal takes effect
- September 30, 2018: California Governor Brown signs “gold standard” Net Neutrality law, Justice Department files suit the same day. The suit is on hold as California agrees not to enforce the law until resolution of the Mozilla Foundation litigation.
- November 5, 2018: Supreme Court denies review of DC Circuit ruling in US Telecomm.
- November 29, 2018: Internet-Wide Day of Action for lobby Congress
- December 10, 2018: Deadline for House to pass Congressional Review Act resolution
- February 1, 2019: Arguments in Mozilla Foundation
Policy Counsel, Free Press
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Gaurav is Free Press’ policy counsel and works alongside the policy team on topics ranging from internet freedom issues like Net Neutrality and media ownership to consumer privacy and government surveillance. Gaurav’s human rights and civil liberties work has taken him from Capitol Hill to Uganda, India and Liberia. Before joining Free Press, he worked at the Government Accountability Project protecting the rights of national security whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, and prior to that as a legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. He earned both his B.A. in international affairs and his J.D. from the George Washington University. Outside of work he can be found getting some fresh air riding his bike to and from one of D.C.’s many roof decks.
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