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…

Twitter Escapes FTC Review Without Fine

Twitter Escapes FTC Review Without Fine According to the FTC, Twitter agreed to settle “charges that it deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information.” Although it could face fines of $16,000 per violation for future violations.  The FTC noted that this was the “agency’s first such case…

TOP STORIES: Net Neutrality Set Back and Cyber Cold War

Comcast 1, Net Neutrality O The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld Comcast’s (now NBC/Universal) appeal of the FCC’s 2008 order finding that it had violated the agencies net neutrality principles by throttling peer-to-peer users but which imposed no sanction.  The Court of Appeal stressed that the FCC had no such authority, explaining that…

Few Neutral in Net Neutrality Battle GOP Seeks to Kill FCC Rulemaking Process

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Julius Genachowski was successful in getting the FCC to unanimously agree to begin the process of formalizing the  existing Net Neutrality Guidelines (adopted by the FCC in 2005).  Republican Commissioners, however, stressed they were approving the process only and not necessarily the end result. Republicans on Capitol Hill were less generous, immediately introducing legislation…