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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Commerce Dept Releases Digital Valedictory

DOC Releases Digital Valedictory The Department of Commerce has released a report “Enabling Growth and Innovation in the Digital Economy,” which it describes as a chronicle of the Commerce Department’s efforts in support of the digital economy over the course of the Obama Administration in areas of a free and open internet, privacy and intellectual property. The report…

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DC Circuit Affirms FCC Net Neutrality Order

In a 2-1 opinion, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission Open Internet Order with Judges Tatel and Srinivan for the Majority and Judge Williams in dissent.  The court issued a 115-page decision with a 69-page dissent.  We will have a summary posted shortly. FCC Chairman Wheeler issued the following statement…

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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 Denies Petition to Implement Do Not Track

FCC Denies Petition to Implement Do Not Track Invoking the Federal Communications Commissions Net Neutrality order, Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog petitioned the FCC to “initiate a rulemaking proceeding requiring ‘edge providers’ (like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn) to honor ‘Do Not Track’ Requests from consumers.” The FCC declined the invitation, explaining that in…