Skip to comments.FCC Plans to Issue New 'Net Neutrality' Rules
Posted on 02/20/2014 8:35:25 AM PST by Whenifhow
The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it would again issue rules to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to content providers that don't pay a toll to reach consumers.
Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out FCC rules barring providers from blocking or slowing down websites, but it acknowledged the FCC has some authority to regulate broadband-company practices under a section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that gives it broad authority to encourage U.S. broadband service.
The FCC said Wednesday it won't appeal the D.C. Circuit's ruling. Instead, it plans to take advantage of Section 706, of the law to propose new rules in the late spring or early summer, after soliciting public comment.
Cohen's comments were made in the context of his company's bid to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. TWC -2.75% Comcast has already agreed to abide by the FCC's net neutrality rules, even though they were struck down in court, as part of its acquisition of NBC-Universal in 2011. Comcast has also agreed to extend the agreement to Time Warner Cable Inc. subscribers if that acquisition is approved.
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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
Cohen’s comments were made in the context of his company’s bid to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. TWC -2.75% Comcast has ALREADY agreed to abide by the FCC’s net neutrality rules, EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE STRUCK DOWN IN COURT, as part of its acquisition of NBC-Universal in 2011. Comcast has also agreed to extend the agreement to Time Warner Cable Inc. subscribers if that acquisition is approved.
Isn’t their only remaining move to reclassify broadband as some sort of a public utility?
Why can’t we turn him off?
Then Netflix came along and ruined it. Companies lose money when Netflix users have unlimited data plans. So Verizon wanted to charge a different price for Netflix users, rather than increase rates for all. They won their lawsuit, but it doesn't matter now, because they are getting rid of their unlimited data plans. You can keep your grandfathered in unlimited data plan as long as you don't get a new phone.
Classifying it as a utility was what the Dems wanted. The reclassification would subject the industry to regulations similar to land line phones and would be the death of the broadband market.
The FCC’s announcement means it doesn’t plan to reclassify broadband as a public utility at present, as Democrats and public-interest groups had urged. Doing so would give the FCC much greater authority to set rules for broadband providers.
The court said in January that the FCC could impose a “no blocking” rule if it found a different legal justification. Mr. Wheeler’s statement indicates the FCC will do just that, by establishing a minimum standard for how broadband companies treat content. The rules would likely outline expectations and unacceptable practices for broadband providers, and provide for case-by-case enforcement when websites complain of unfair discrimination.
Mr. Wheeler has left the reclassification option open for now, which could serve as a deterrent for broadband providers seeking to challenge the rules in court again.
Shep covered this issue nicely last night: one group of big companies fighting another group of big companies: namely the content providers vs the net backbone providers.
He said a third of all the net traffic comes from streaming movies from outfits like netflix. But netflix is objecting to having to pay for this, so netflix et. al. want to keep all the gravy but have someone else pay the freight.
So called net neutrality comes down on the side of netflix, HBO, etc. and screws the net carriers. Basically, it’s just another fascist intervention by the Obammunists, giving special dispensation to favored corporations.
Curious that he WSJ has pulled all stories relating to this matter.
Orders from the Dali Bama?
Both the posted article and the one below (about monitors in the news rooms) are still there. Were there other articles about it as well?
The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom
FCC Plans to Issue New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules
Rep. Clyburn Likens American Media To Nazi Propagandists (from 8-22-13)
Clyburn Speaks on Media Ownership at Senate Confirmation Hearing
(This is Clyburn’s daughter...an FCC Obamz Czar)