Senators Weigh In On FCC's Net Neutrality Plan
Ten U.S. Senators have requested that Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, strike from his proposed net neutrality rules those that would allow for the creation of a fast lane. The FCC is prepared to vote on the proposal on May 15, despite the outcry from the public, from more than 100 businesses, and even two FCC commissioners. The senators write, "Changing the rules - to let broadband internet service providers (ISPs) demand payment from web site and app developers - would eradicate net neutrality, not preserve it. Any time one group of packets is favored on an IP network the rest of the traffic is, by definition, discriminated against. We worry that the NPRM language would permit broadband providers to collect new tolls from innovators, entrepreneurs, and all manner of speakers on the internet." Some of the signees include Sens. Ron Wyden, Al Franken, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warran, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
FCC to Vote On Net Neutrality in February
The FCC plans to vote on rules regarding net neutrality in February. The FCC expects to circulate a final proposal of the rules in the early part of the month and vote on them during its scheduled February 26 open meeting.
FCC's Ajit Pai Wants Net Neutrality Vote Delayed
FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mike O'Reilly, both Republicans, today asked the FCC to delay its planned vote on net neutrality rules. The FCC is widely expected to vote on the proposed rules at its open meeting scheduled for Feb.
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
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.