FCC Chairman to Reword Net Neutrality Proposal
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to alter the language in his proposed rules regarding net neutrality. As written, the rules would allow broadband providers to collect tolls for internet fast lanes. Opponents argue the idea, called paid prioritization, would by default create slow lanes composed of non-prioritized traffic. According to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, Wheeler aims to make it clearer in his proposal that the FCC will heavily examine any paid prioritization agreements to make sure they don't create an unfair disadvantage for non-paying companies. Further, the Journal's sources indicate Wheeler will seek comment on whether or not the paid prioritization agreements should be allowed at all, as well as examine if major broadband providers should be required to offer similar terms to any company seeking paid prioritization. Wheeler will also seek comment on whether or not the internet should be regulated as a utility. It's unclear if Wheeler's new verbiage will pacify those who've railed against the proposal. For the moment, the FCC is still scheduled to vote on the rules May 15.
Republican's Net Neutrality Bill Opens Door for Paid Fast Lanes
A new bill proposed by Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representative from Tennessee, aims to "fix" net neutrality with a number of provisions. For example, the Open Internet Preservation Act proposes that there should be no blocking and no throttling of web traffic.
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.
FCC to Begin Dismantling Title II Net Neutrality
The FCC today voted down party lines to begin the process of undoing the Title II designation that governs net neutrality. "The FCC is proposing to return to a regulatory framework that preserved a free and open internet for almost 20 years," said the agency on its Twitter feed.