Statement from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Regarding DC Circuit Decision to Uphold FCC’s Open Internet Rules
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
June 14th, 2016
WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – Today, the DC Circuit upheld the FCC’s Open Internet rules. The following statement can be attributed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “Today’s ruling is a victory for consumers and innovators who deserve unfettered access to the entire web, and it ensures the internet remains a platform for unparalleled innovation, free expression and […]
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Promotes Google Fiber’s Impact on Competition and Gigabit Networks
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Fiber, Gigabit Networks, Net Neutrality
September 5th, 2014
WASHINGTON, September 5, 2014 – Google Fiber has been perhaps the primary driver of the current push toward high-speed internet in the United States, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech here yesterday on the future of broadband competition. In an otherwise general speech that failed to mention major communications companies like […]
Building a Legal Case for Net Neutrality Rules, FCC’s Wheeler Hopes Courts Will Look Favorably on His Logic
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality, Wireless
May 19th, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s last two efforts to enshrine network neutrality. So what makes current chairman Tom Wheeler feel as though he can succeed where two of his predecessors failed?
The answers lie in the details of the 85-page order – called a “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” in the legalese of Washington telecommunications bureaucrats – released late on Thursday.
At its core, Wheeler aims to regulate broadband providers without having to treat them as regulated entities. [...]
MetroPCS Withdraws Legal Claims Against Federal Communications Commission Net Neutrality Rules
FCC, Mobile Broadband, Net Neutrality
May 23rd, 2013
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013 — Wireless provider MetroPCS moved last Friday to dismiss its claims in the lawsuit challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality laws. In the motion, MetroPCS, which recently merged with T-Mobile, noted that the FCC and the Department of Justice had already consented to the dismissal. Additionally, Verizon Communications, which is […]
D.C. Circuit Denies Verizon Motion for Same Panel as Comcast Net Neutrality Case
FCC, Net Neutrality
February 2nd, 2011
The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied Verizon’s request Wednesday to assign to its current net neutrality challenge the same panel of judges that decided Comcast’s challenge last year.
FCC Files Motion to Throw Out Open Internet Challenges by Verizon, MetroPCS
FCC, Net Neutrality
January 31st, 2011
WASHINGTON, January 31, 2011 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filed a motion Friday afternoon asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss lawsuits by Verizon and MetroPCS against the agency over its recent Open Internet Order.
Verizon Sues to Invalidate Open Internet Order; Follows in Comcast’s Footsteps
FCC, Net Neutrality
January 24th, 2011
Washington, January 24, 2011 – Verizon Communications filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s recent Open Internet Order. Verizon argued that the FCC does not have the authority to implement the new rules. The Order, which was handed down from the Commission but has not yet taken effect provides three guidelines by […]
End of Net Neutrality? The Real Battle is Just Beginning
Expert Opinion, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
April 6th, 2010
Given that the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals today smacked down the FCC’s ham-handed attempt to impose net neutrality rules on Comcast from a couple years ago, it’s no surprise that many folks are proclaiming this to be the end of net neutrality and a blow to the Obama administration’s telecom plans.
Broadband Updates, States
October 19th, 2009
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments in the matter of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to maintain a rate cap on telecommunications intercarrier payments for internet-bound dial-up traffic and a related ruling that helps keep wireless intercarrier payments low.
D.C. Circuit Seemed to Support FCC Position on Universal Service: Report
Broadband Updates, Universal Service
October 5th, 2009
The universal service fund has been growing at an alarming rate over the past few years, and in order to curb its growth the Federal Communications Commission choose to cap the amount of support a competitive eligible telecommunications company could receive in 2008. The Rural Cellular Association filed a petition in the D.C. Circuit court of appeals to remove this cap. The court seemed to support the position of the FCC in capping the fund, according to a Monday research report by Stifel Nicholas.