FCC Puts Ombudsman In Charge of Net Neutrality Complaints
The FCC today appointed Parul P. Desai to serve as the Open Internet ombudsperson. Desai, Assistant Bureau Chief and Director of Consumer Engagement in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, will act as the public's primary point of contact within the agency for formal and informal questions and complaints concerning the Open Internet rules, which went into effect June 12. By law, broadband companies are not allowed to throttle internet speeds, are not allowed to block apps/services, and are not allowed to create fast lanes via paid-prioritization schemes. Consumers who feel their internet provider is violating one or more of these rules should reach out to the FCC through Ms. Desai. The rules may have gone into effect, but the FCC is facing a large number of legal challenges to the rules that may eventually alter them.
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.
First Net Neutrality Case to Reach Court in Early December
USTelecom and other opponents to the FCC's net neutrality rules will have their first day in court come December. The U.S.
Net Neutrality Rules Officially Expire Today
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
The State of Washington on Monday approved its own set of laws regulating net neutrality after the FCC voted in December to scrap such laws at the federal level. The law bans internet providers from throttling and/or blocking content, and also mandates that they make public their network management policies.