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Restoring Internet Freedom

Randolph J. May May 10, 2017
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You’ve probably noticed – or likely soon will – that the latest phase of the more than a decade-long fight over “net neutrality” regulations has begun at the Federal Communications Commission. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released the text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that the Commission on which the Commission vote on May 18.

The Commission says its NPRM proposes “to restore the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet access service as an information service and by seeking comment on the existing rules governing Internet service providers’ practices.” [Read More]

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DC Circuit Upholds FCC's Nearly Open-Ended Power to Regulate Broadband

Seth L. Cooper June 15, 2016
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On June 14, a 2-1 majority of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals gave absolute and unqualified approval to the most expansive and intrusive swath of broadband Internet regulations ever conceived by the Federal Communications Commission. US Telecom v. FCC is a big win for government power to mold the Internet's future.

At issue in US Telecom v FCC is what the agency calls its Open Internet Order. At the core of the Open Internet Order is the FCC's reclassification of broadband Internet access services from a lightly regulated Title I "information service" to a more intrusively regulated Title II "telecommunications service."  [Read More]

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Net Neutrality and the Rule of Law

Richard E. Wiley, Brett A. Shumate October 01, 2015
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After suffering two judicial setbacks, most recently in the D.C. Circuit’s Verizon v. FCC decision in January 2014, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new net neutrality regulations and, in a sharp departure from past precedent, subjected broadband providers to public utility regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. In this article, Richard E. Wiley, Chairman of Wiley Rein LLP, and Brett Shumate, partner at Wiley Rein LLP, critique the FCC’s approach to net neutrality and suggest guiding principles for the future... [Read More]

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C-SPAN Video: Open Internet Rules and Jurisdiction

Daniel T. Richards September 04, 2015
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C-SPAN covered our recent event at the National Press Club: "Tale of Two Agencies – Overlapping Jurisdiction of the FCC and FTC." FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen engaged in a moderated discussion about Net Neutrality and other issues relating to the respective roles of their agencies.

Watch the video on C-SPAN's website.