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. The previous FCC Commissioner, Tom Wheeler, installed the Title II designation and bright-line rules in 2015 in order to protect consumers from onerous business practices. Current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has long derided the decision and stated early in his tenure his intent to walk back the regulations. Today's vote doesn't immediately strip Title II from net neutrality, but it puts the ball in motion. The FCC wants to return to the Commission’s original classification of mobile broadband internet access service as a private mobile service, rather than a utility. The FCC intends to "eliminate the catch-all internet conduct standard created by the Title II Order. Because the Internet conduct standard is extremely vague and expansive, ISPs must guess at what they are permitted to do. Eliminating the Internet conduct standard is therefore expected to promote innovation and network investment by eliminating regulatory uncertainty." Last, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on the idea of eliminating the bright-line rules that define what mobile broadband providers can and cannot do, such as throttling, and paid prioritization schemes.
FCC Chairman Pai Takes First Steps to Reverse Net Neutrality
Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC, today outlined his plan to remove the Title II classification from broadband services and kill off net neutrality laws put in place by the Commission two years ago. In a sometimes fiery and heavily partisan statement, Pai suggested that the previous Commission made an incredible mistake by re-classifying broadband under Title II and installing bright line rules that could not be broken.
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.
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.
White House Asks FCC to Classify Internet as a Utility
President Barack Obama today sided with the concept of net neutrality and laid out a plan to keep the internet open. "We cannot allow internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.