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…

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…

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…

Net Neutrality Timeline: How We Got Here

Net Neutrality Timeline With the Federal Communications Commission vote on the latest Net Neutrality proposal set for tomorrow, here is a timeline of how we got here. 1860 Congresses passes the Pacific Telegraph Act which guarantees “messages received . . .shall be impartially transmitted in the order of their reception. 2002 FCC rules cable broadband providers are…

Resource Material on Net Neutrality

  PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CALL FOR FCC TO ADOPT STRONG NET NEUTRALITY RULES PRESENTATIONS ON NET NEUTRALITY ; First Part of Internet Law 2014 deals with Net Neutrality CLBR RADIO BROADCASTS AND COMMENTARY ON NET NEUTRALITY Comments Submitted to FCC (7/15/14) What Next for Net Neutrality (2/12/14) It is Still Our Internet and We Can Save (1/18/14) DC…

ILC Joins Battle For The Net

The Internet Law Center Joins Battle for the Net with Internet Slowdown Day. The firm is proud to be joining organizations such as those depicted left in stressing the need to protect Net Neutrality through Internet Slowdown Day. via Battle For The Net.;  If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what…

John Oliver Explains the FCC’s Reversal on Net Neutrality

Who Get’s The Last Laugh on Net Neutrality Some of the best explanations of Net Neutrality have been offered by Comedy Central and its alumni.   Last night it was John Oliver who offered a scathing assessment of the Federal Communication Commission’s recent capitulation on Net Neutrality. Oliver ended by urging listeners to submit comments…

It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It

It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order established “Net Neutrality” rules requiring that broadband providers disclose their network management practices while prohibiting them from blocking any lawful content, apps services or devices and from unreasonably discriminating against any Internet traffic. These are principles that…

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…

CLBR #99 – Data Caps and Net Neutrality with Michael Weinberg and Legislative Update

CLBR Episode #99 features news updates on CISPA, the Marketplace Fairness Act and state/federal privacy legislation; a discussion with Michael Weinberg, Public Knowledge’s Vice President, the Institute for Emerging Innovation on Data Caps and the Obama administration’s nominee for FCC Chairman; and as always starts with the Day in History. Data Caps with Michael Weinberg…