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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…

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FCC Launches Privacy Rulemaking

FCC Launches Privacy Rulemaking A proposal to commence rulemaking on internet service providers’ privacy  obligations was approved 3-2 by the Federal Communications Commission last week.  FCC Chairman Wheeler explained that the rules were needed because A consumer’s relationship with her ISP is very different than the one she has with a website or app. Consumers…

Cyber Report: A Dozen Things You Need to Know (Patriot’s Day Edition)

April 20, 2015 A Dozen Things in Tech You Need to Know  Happy Patriot’s Day! Patriot’s Day commemorates that Battle of Lexington and Concord and the “shot heard ’round the world” that began the American Revolution.  It is a holiday in Maine and Massachachusetts and celebrated by, among other things, the running of the Boston…

FCC Approves Net Neutrality and Preempts State Muni-Broadband Restrictions

FCC’s Historic Day: Net Neutrality and Muni-Broadband Protection As expected, on February 26, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 in favor of adopting net neutrality rules under its Title II authority. For a detailed background on the issue check out our prior post Net Neutrality Timeline: How We Got Here and my discussion of the…

DC Circuit Overturns FCC Net Neutrality Rules, Analysis and Reactions (Updated)

DC Circuit Overturns FCC Net Neutrality Rules For the second time in four years, we are confronted with a Federal Communications Commission effort to compel broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic the same regardless of source—or to require, as it is popularly known, “net neutrality.” In Comcast Corp. v. FCC, 600 F.3d 642 (D.C. Cir. 2010), we held that the Commission…

Cyber Security: FCC Proposes Cyber Security Guidelines & March Victims

FCC Offers Voluntary Cyber Security Guidelines The Federal Communications Commission’s Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) released its initial recommendations addressing cyber security threats in commercial networks.    CSRIC recommended that ISPs (i)  adopt an Anti-Bot Code of Conduct that would help detect and remediate bots; (ii) take the first steps towards implementation of DNSSEC secure…