FCC Will Vote Today on “Radical and Reckless” Plan to End Net Neutrality Without Public Hearings

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) Order which will repeal the Open Internet Order (Net Neutrality Rules) adopted by the FCC in 2015 and then some.  You can watch the vote starting at 7:30 a.m. PST / 10:30 am EST here. It is important to remember that…

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,…

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…

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 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…