FCC to Rewrite Open Internet Rules
After being handed a defeat in court last month, the Federal Communications Commission will take another stab at implementing rules to keep the internet open. Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman, said in a statement Wednesday the agency will forgo further legal action against Verizon, which won its challenge to the rules, and will use Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act to create new rules that are clearer, more well defined, and backed by law. From a high-level point of view, Wheeler wants internet service providers to be open about their network management tactics, wants to prevent them from discriminating against certain types of traffic, and wants to prevent them from entirely blocking services. Wheeler hopes that by changing the argument behind the Open Internet Rules, the FCC will be able to establish them officially and in a manner that can be enforced. "The FCC must stand strongly behind its responsibility to oversee the public interest standard and ensure that the internet remains open and fair," said Wheeler. "The internet is and must remain the greatest engine of free expression, innovation, economic growth, and opportunity the world has ever known. We must preserve and promote the internet."
FCC Chief Says Title II Is the Way Forward for Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes both mobile and wired networks need to be regulated as utilities. In an opinion piece published by Wired, Wheeler outlined the broad strokes of his plan, which he believes will protect consumers and still promote investment in broadband.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
FCC Puts Ombudsman In Charge of Net Neutrality Complaints
The FCC today appointed Parul P. Desai to serve as the Open Internet ombudsperson.
FCC Releases Open Internet Rules
The FCC today made available to the public all the documentation regarding its proposed net neutrality regulations. The FCC approved the rules in a 3-2 vote in late February.