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. The FCC has been considering how best to craft the laws around broadband and internet regulation for some time. The agency defined net neutrality rules that were put in place in late 2011. Those were ultimately stricken after the FCC lost a lawsuit to Verizon Wireless in January 2014. The FCC has been forging its new proposal since early 2014. At the heart of the matter is whether or not the FCC will define broadband as a utility, as requested by President Obama, which would give the government much greater oversight of the industry. Broadband providers are fighting such a change.
Jan 24, 2018
AT&T today claimed in full-page newspaper advertisements published around the country that it wants Congress to take charge of net neutrality. The company suggests an "internet bill of rights" is in order.
Oct 1, 2018
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Sunday that made net neutrality the law, but the state was quickly sued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jun 11, 2018
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.
Nov 22, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today published a draft order that details how he intends to roll back the current net neutrality regulations. Pai said the order "would return to the bipartisan consensus on light-touch regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the internet." The goal, says Pai, is to "promote future innovation and investment." To start, Pai would strip the internet of its current classification as a "utility" and reclassify it as an "information service." Pai would also reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet service.
Of course they are. They like having it both ways.