Posts Tagged: Net Neutrality

The Net Neutrality Seesaw is Tilting the Other Way

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the news again over Net Neutrality.  What now? What’s the history of Net Neutrality? During the Obama Presidency in 2015, under the chairmanship of Thomas Wheeler, the FCC established under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, that Internet Service Providers (ISP) fell into the category of ‘common carrier’ and needed to adhere to Net Neutrality rules that would ban ISPs from blocking or throttling content or charging a… Read more »

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 »

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 and Consumer Internet Privacy II: What the Order Doesn’t Mandate

Last week we tackled the first part of the FCC Order regarding  Internet consumer privacy.  We’ve been through all of the ISP ‘Musts’, today we’ll review the ‘Shoulds’ and what the order does not cover.  No Pay to Play for Internet Privacy ISPs should not force subscribers to pay inflated prices in order to maintain their privacy.  The Commission will conduct a case-by-case review, as providers are required under the order to disclose plans for… Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy, the Most Recent FCC Order

Peter Wheeler FCC Internet Privacy

This past spring we discussed net neutrality and dissected the FCC notice of proposed rule-making regarding net neutrality and consumer privacy. On October 27th the FCC voted to approve an order enacting significant rules to protect Internet consumer privacy. A fact sheet provided by the FCC states, “…..give consumers the tools they need to choose how their Internet service providers (ISPs) use and share their personal data.” Why This Order: The FCC, ordered by Congress,… Read more »