Critics on Both Ends of the FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules, With a Few Supporters in the Middle
Broadband's Impact, FCC, Net Neutrality
May 19th, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 – The Federal Communication Commission’s effort to thread the needle on net neutrality with regulations that will withstand legal scrutiny while also satisfying open internet activists led to starkly divided responses to the Thursday measure.
In the camp expressing disappointment that agency Chairman Tom Wheeler didn’t go further, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., a member of the Commerce Science and Transportation Committee, said that innovation over the internet in America could unless broadband were to be reclassified as a common-carrier telecommunications service.
“Internet access today is like traditional phone service decades ago – we can’t live or work without it,” Markey said. “We must stop broadband behemoths from setting up fast and slow lanes and picking winners and losers. Start-ups and small business would suffer, slowing our economy and job growth throughout Massachusetts and around the country.” [...]
Appeals Court Deals Network Neutrality Blow to FCC
FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
April 6th, 2010
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2010 – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission does not have the power to mandate that broadband provider Comcast must give equal treatment to Internet traffic streaming through its networks. Interested parties in the broadband community rushed to express their opinions.
Focus on Broadband Advancement Has Gradually Shifted, Say Authors
September 11th, 2009
WASHINGTON, September 11, 2009 – The Free State Foundation on Thursday hosted conference to celebrate its new book, “New Directions in Communications Policy,” with contributions by members of the think tanks academic board.
Telecom Experts and State Regulators Ponder FCC Reform Agenda
FCC, National Broadband Plan
February 19th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 18, 2009 – The day after the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners approved a resolution calling for reform of the Federal Communications commission, a panel of former agency staffers, commissioners and state regulators debate Wednesday over what areas truly needed reform and how to achieve it.
FCC Set to Press Forward on 'White Spaces,' But Pulls Comprehensive Overhaul of Telecom Payments
Universal Service, Wireless
November 4th, 2008
WASHINGTON, November 4 – The Federal Communications Commission on Monday deleted one of the four big-ticket items that it planned to tackle at its Tuesday open meeting, but resisted pressure to spike a rule that would force broadcasters to share the vacant spaces between television channels.