Posts Categorized: National News

Is Broadband Really “The New Dial-Tone?”

Abstract Digital network communication digital concept

No question about it, broadband is infrastructure, and it gets compared to other types of vital infrastructure all the time in the course of the ongoing discussion about improving broadband speeds and coverage, including highways, plumbing and public water, electricity, and even telephone service. This phenomenon was in full force last week when Maine got it’s first-ever (we think) visit from a sitting FCC Commissioner, newly re-appointed democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, who joined United States Senator… Read more »

The FCC is Trying to Redefine the Internet: A Game of Hot Potato Begins

As we mentioned 2 weeks ago, the FCC has changed its definition of Internet in an effort to “Restore Internet Freedom“.  Instead of categorizing it as a telecommunication service, it has stated that the Internet is Information Service.  That means the Internet is no longer a public utility, nor is it telecommunications and thus, not within the oversight of the FCC. We thought it would be interesting to compare the FCC’s definitions for telecommunication and… Read more »

Open Internet vs Restoring Internet Freedom: Is there a Difference?

Open Internet balance Scale

According to the FCC there is, as Open Internet is on its way out and Internet Freedom is on its way in. Congress and the FCC have been waffling over how the Internet should be classified and who should provide oversight.  Is it telecommunications with FCC oversight?  Is it commerce with FTC oversight? Is it ‘information service’, and just what does that mean? A few weeks ago, Congress decided that there should be no customer privacy… Read more »

FCC Rule Changes Repealed Before They Were Enacted

FCC Rule change

Back in November we talked about the FCC rule changes regarding Internet privacy and we explained the Telecommunications Act. We concentrated on how the act protects the privacy of telephone customers’ network proprietary information (CPNI).  Providers like OTELCO were minimally effected by the FCC rule changes because they strongly reflected the existing Telecommunication Act rules.  The ISPs who are not bound by telephone privacy requirements were the most effected by the change. FCC?  FTC? –… Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy:
Beyond the Dome, You’re the Product

The FCC has been busy; essentially creating an Internet Consumer Privacy Dome: It classified the Internet as telecommunications, giving itself oversight and rulemaking ability for the Internet It mandated an open Internet, to ensure equal and fair access to content regardless of the provider It enacted consumer privacy and security rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that reflect those of telecommunication carriers. A Bit of Irony No matter what ISPs do to provide Internet security… Read more »