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Support Dims for FCC Chairman’s Open Internet Proposal

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2010 - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Dec. 1 announced that there would be a set of open internet rules that his agency would vote on during its open meeting on Dec. 21. While many stakeholders in the debate initially were happy to learn that the chairman would finally bring the issue to a vote, support dimmed after learning what he planned to include in the rules. Keep Reading

How Should the FCC Regulate Broadband? A Roundup of ‘Third Way’ Comments

WASHINGTON July 16, 2010 - After the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding Comcast’s ability to thwart broadband traffic over the peer-to-peer file-sharing software BitTorrent, the Federal Communications Commission was faced with uncertainty in regulating broadband. In order to give the FCC firmer ground to regulate internet services, agency Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a proposal that has been dubbed the “Third Way” between regulating and deregulating internet services. Thursday was the deadline for comments from the public regarding the notice of inquiry which was issued in June. Consumer groups and content makers praised aspects of the “Third Way,” while internet service providers were largely opposed. Keep Reading

FCC Issues Notice of Inquiry Regarding Broadband Regulation and Industry Offers a Mixed Response

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2010 –Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission met to consider putting out a Notice of Inquiry on how they should regulate broadband. After the recent Comcast decision the FCC’s ability to regulate broadband was put into question. After looking at the various issues FCC’s counsel came to the conclusion that there were 2 possible methods of regulating either as an information service under Title I or as a Telecommunications service under Title II. The chairmen however did not feel that Title I gave the commission enough authority; while Title II put too much regulation on ISPs; to solve this he created his Third Way proposal. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Kerry, Cantwell, Wyden and Udall Support Third Way

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 –Yesterday Senators Kerry (D-MA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-Oreg.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M) sent a letter to the FCC in support of Chairmen Genachowski’s Third Way proposal.The senators feel that the FCC not only has the authority but the duty to the American public. “the FCC is examining how it can continue to promote innovation and investment, protect and empower consumers, preserve an open Internet" Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

AT&T Threatens to Stop Deploying U-Verse

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2010 – In response to FCC Chairmen Julius Genachowski’s Third Way proposal to institute a level of regulation on broadband AT&T has decided to “rethink” it’s spending on its high speed DSL service. AT&T’s U-Verse offers users television and internet to 24 million homes; with plans to add another 6million by the end of next year. Keep Reading

FCC/Net Neutrality

Rep. Culberson to Block FCC Internet Regulation

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010- Texas Republican John Culberson has submitted an amendment to the House Financial Services Appropriations which would block the FCC from regulating the internet. The amendment would prevent the FCC from spending any money on Chairmen Genachowski's Third Way proposal. Culberson has stated that only Congress has the authority to reclassify broadband, a theme which was echoed in a speech given by Commissioner Baker at the Broadband Policy Summit. This method of blocking FCC action by limiting their use of funds is also being proposed by his Senate colleague and fellow Republican Kay Baily Hutchinson. Keep Reading

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