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…

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…

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 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…

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…