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The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules on Protecting and Promoting Open Internet

By Shuli Wang – Edited by Yaping Zhang

Two weeks after voting on regulating broadband Internet service as a public utility, on March 12, the Federal Communications Commission (”FCC”) released a document (the FCC Order and Rules) on net neutrality, which reclassifies high-speed Internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service, thus subjecting Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carrier to regulations under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The purpose of the new rules is to ensure the free flow of bits through the web without paid-for priority lanes and blocking or throttling of any web content.

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Posted On Mar - 23 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

FCC Overturns North Carolina and Tennessee Restrictions to Expansion of Community Broadband

By Lan Du – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted to preempt the North Carolina and Tennessee state laws preventing the expansion of community broadband networks.  The FCC order came in response to petitions filed by two municipal broadband networks: the City of Wilson, North Carolina and the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The FCC concluded that provisions of Tennessee and North Carolina laws erected barriers to competition, and conflicted with Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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Posted On Mar - 10 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Apple-Comcast Talks over “Special Treatment” for Set-Top Streaming Raise Net Neutrality Concerns
By Kim Meyer – Edited by Andrew Spore

Apple and Comcast are discussing a deal that would let Apple’s set-top television streaming boxes bypass congestion on the Internet, separating traffic to the boxes from public Internet traffic on those cables that connect to customers’ homes. The agreement would classify Apple’s streams as an exempt “managed” service to avoid a net neutrality violation, a move critics believe to be exploitation of a loophole.

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Posted On Apr - 2 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Susan Crawford Explains the Significance of the Comcast–Time Warner Cable Merger
By Gizem Orbey

“Internet access feels like clean water and energy, but it is treated like a luxury, and the whole country is forced towards a giant buffet,” explained Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, at a JOLT event last week. Professor Crawford, who is also a former White House Special Assistant, spoke about the significance of Comcast’s recent bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. The proposed merger would consolidate a third of the nation’s cable marketplace into Comcast’s hands.

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FCC Cancels Controversial Plan to Survey Nation’s Newsrooms
By Corey Omer – Edited by Kim Meyer

Following intense criticism, the Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on a plan to ask media owners, news directors, and reporters invasive questions about editorial judgment and journalistic practices. A field study of the survey was scheduled to begin in South Carolina this spring but, on February 28, 2014, the agency issued a two-sentence statement laying the study permanently to rest.

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