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Court Decision Clears Way for State Net Neutrality Laws

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the challenge to the FCC’s 2017 net neutrality repeal. The ruling barely upheld the repeal, but sent it back to the FCC for failure to deal with public safety and for deficiencies related to Lifeline subsidies and access to utility poles by broadband-only providers. Read more about Court Decision Clears Way for State Net Neutrality Laws

Restoring Net Neutrality Protections: An Analysis of H.R. 1096 vs. H.R. 1644

The following is the executive summary of an analysis I wrote looking at two bills in the House, both of which purport to restore the net neutrality protections in the 2015 Open Internet Order. Only one actually does so. The full six-page analysis can be downloaded here. (.pdf) Read more about Restoring Net Neutrality Protections: An Analysis of H.R. 1096 vs. H.R. 1644

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs SB 822, Restoring Net Neutrality to California

On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 822, the first state-level law that comprehensively restores all of the net neutrality protections of the 2015 Open Internet Order.
 
Here’s my statement:
 
“Today was a historic moment in the battle to bring back net neutrality in the United States. SB 822 comprehensively restores to California all of the net neutrality protections from the 2015 Open Internet Order that the FCC repealed in 2017. 
 

Failing the Real Test: SB 822 No Longer Restores All the Lost Net Neutrality Protections

On June 20, SB 822 had its first committee hearing in the California Assembly. The bill, authored by Senator Scott Wiener, sought to bring back net neutrality to California and restore all of the important protections that the FCC voted to eliminate in December. It was widely viewed as a net neutrality model bill that would set the standard for other states. But instead of passing the bill, the committee adopted amendments that effectively gutted it, removing critical protections at a time when they are more important than ever. 
 

California Senate Committee Recommends Cutting Key Net Neutrality Protections

The California Senate's Energy and Utilities Committee published its analysis of Senator Scott Wiener's California net neutrality bill on Monday morning. It’s bad. Here’s a short overview of the suggested amendments and a rebuttal of the key arguments related to interconnection and access charges.  Read more about California Senate Committee Recommends Cutting Key Net Neutrality Protections

FCC’s rushed, technically flawed decision will harm the economy

Today the FCC Commissioners voted 3-2 to eliminate longstanding net neutrality protections, reclassify internet service providers as ‘information services’ under Title I of the Communications Act, and ban states from enacting their own net neutrality protections.  

Here is my statement:

"Today’s FCC vote eliminates all net neutrality protections without a replacement. Read more about FCC’s rushed, technically flawed decision will harm the economy

126 Leading Academics to Europe’s Telecom Regulators: Protect the Open Internet in Europe

Today, 126 academics from Europe and around the world published an open letter to European telecom regulators urging them to protect the open Internet in Europe. Regulators are currently working on guidelines that will determine how Europe’s new net neutrality law will be applied in practice. Read more about 126 Leading Academics to Europe’s Telecom Regulators: Protect the Open Internet in Europe

T-Mobile's Binge On Violates Key Net Neutrality Principles

In November 2015, T-Mobile, the nation’s third largest provider of mobile Internet access, launched a new service called Binge On that offers “unlimited” video streaming. T-Mobile customers on qualifying plans can stream video from the 42 providers currently in the program – Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Video, and others – without using their data plans, a practice known as zero-rating. Read more about T-Mobile's Binge On Violates Key Net Neutrality Principles

Getting net neutrality right: Four improvements to take us across the finish line

This Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to reclassify ISPs like Verizon and Comcast that connect us to the Internet as common carriers and adopt strong net neutrality rules to protect users, innovation, and free speech online. This is great news. Read more about Getting net neutrality right: Four improvements to take us across the finish line

What to look for in this week's network neutrality announcement

This week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will circulate a draft of the Open Internet rules to his fellow Commissioners. According to news reports, the Chairman will propose to reclassify Internet access as a “telecommunications service” and adopt network neutrality rules under Title II of the Communications Act. If that is true, this is excellent news and a vital step in the right direction. After the D.C. Circuit’s decision last January, this is the only way to adopt meaningful network neutrality rules that will be upheld in court. The FCC will vote on the proposal on February 26th. Read more about What to look for in this week's network neutrality announcement

Seven Reasons the New GOP Bill Will Not Give Us Net Neutrality

After a year of debates on network neutrality, the GOP has finally joined the party. Through a draft bill released this month and congressional hearings last week, Republicans have taken a step in the direction of supporting network neutrality. That’s a good thing, and moves them closer to the existing consensus. Roughly four million Americans submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling for real network neutrality last year, and polls show that both Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly support a ban on fast lanes. Read more about Seven Reasons the New GOP Bill Will Not Give Us Net Neutrality

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