The Death of Net Neutrality – Part 2

Earlier we reported how new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai had shut down ongoing investigation into wireless carriers’ free-data offerings as violating the FCC’s net neutrality rules. This week Pai chaired his first FCC meeting and one of the agenda items involves the “Transparency Rule” stemming from the net neutrality rules. The FCC’s Open Internet Transparency…

The Death of Net Neutrality – Part 1

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission began investigating whether certain wireless provider’s “free” data plans violated the FCC’s net neutrality rules.  A coalition of internet groups, including  Reddit, Yelp, Kickstarter, Etsy, Medium, Meetup, and Foursquare, among many others, along with digital and consumer advocacy groups, including Common Cause, Engine, and Fight for the Future, asked…

Tech and Trump: What to Expect From the New Administration (Part 1: FTC, FCC, DOJ)

Last Updated:  January 30, 2017. The meeting between President-Elect Donald Trump and the tech community was as notable for who was there and for who was not.  The meeting was attended by: Team Trump – Family POTUS-E Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner (son-in-law), Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. Team Trump – Other VPOTUS-E Mike Pence,…

FCC Adopts ISP Privacy Rules

In pushing through new privacy rules governing ISPs, FCC Chairman Wheeler stressed It is the consumer’s information. It is not the information of the network the consumer hires to deliver that information.  The consumer has the right to make a decision about how her or his information is used. Opt-In v Opt-Out The new rules,…

Websites Challenge Exceptions to Data Caps as Violating Net Neutrality

A coalition that includes Reddit, Yelp, Kickstarter, Etsy, Medium, Meetup, and Foursquare, among many others, along with digital and consumer advocacy groups, including Common Cause, Engine, and Fight for the Future, are asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to examine whether zero-rating plans which exempt particular services from carrier data caps violates the FCC’s Net…