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.
Net Neutrality Rules Officially Expire Today
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.
US Ninth Circuit to Hear Challenges to FCC Net Neutrality Order
Mar 9, 2018
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court, based in San Francisco, will hear legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations.
FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Permits Blocking and Throttling
Jan 4, 2018
The FCC today released the text of its plan to reverse Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The FCC contends that the rules stifled innovation and investment in wired and wireless broadband.
AT&T Wants Congress to Pass Net Neutrality Laws
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.