Category: Net Neutrality

FCC Open Internet Order

Last week, the FCC adopted (and then a few days later, released the text of) an order intended to protect the open nature of the internet: In re: Matter of Preserving the Open Internet. I’m just finally going through the Order, but here are some commentary from those who have read the Order and those who commented on the meeting… Read more →

Two quick internet policy links

Susan Crawford presented Rethinking Broadband at Personal democracy Forum ’10, which is a brief overview and introduction to the current state of communications policy, the major policy questions and the interests of the various players. A very worthwhile and quick overview: Aparna Sridhar, Free Press, The Truth About the Third Way: Separating Fact from Fiction in the FCC Reclassification Debate:… Read more →

Comcast and the Information Service/Common Carrier Classification

Yesterday, in an already widely discussed decision, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to regulate network management practices under its ancillary jurisdiction. Comcast Corp. v. Federal Communications Comm’n. Because control over Internet access is such an important and personal issue, this ruling made the front page o the… Read more →

Franken on Net Neutrality

I missed the Future of Music Policy Summit this year, but Senator Al Franken gave a keynote address that summarizes concisely the key concerns about the need for net neutrality, framed in terms of a First Amendment free speech concern and secondly about creating entrepeneurial opportunities (rather than enabling and entrenching incumbents.) Al Franken Keynote Address to Future of Music… Read more →

FCC Set to Adopt Open Internet Rules

In a speech on Monday at the Brookings Institution, new FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed that the FCC adopt a stronger position and be more actively involved in regulating an open Internet. To date, the Federal Communications Commission has addressed these issues by announcing four Internet principles that guide our case-by-case enforcement of the communications laws. These principles can be… Read more →

Who’s Who in Internet and Communications Regulation, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reports that President-Elect Obama plans to nominate his technology adviser, Julius Genachowski, to chair the FCC. Genachowski Picked to Head FCC – “During the campaign, Mr. Genachowski served as the top technology adviser to Mr. Obama, putting together a detailed technology and innovation plan that expressed support for open Internet or ‘net neutrality’ protections; media-ownership… Read more →

Motley Crew Testifies at House Net Neutrality Hearing

Today at 2:00 EDT, The Judiciary Committee Antitrust Task Force will hold a Hearing on Net Neutrality and Free Speech on the Internet. Damian Kulash Lead Vocalist and Guitarist OK Go Michele Combs Vice President of Communications Christian Coalition of America Rick Carnes President Songwriters Guild of America Caroline Fredrickson Director ACLU Washington Legislative Office Christopher S. Yoo Professor of… Read more →

Internet Freedom Preservation Act and Network Management Practices

Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Chip Pickering (R-MS) introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008 (H.R. 5353). This bill would “establish broadband policy and direct the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a proceeding and public broadband summits to assess competition, consumer protection, and consumer choice issues relating to broadband Internet access services.” It amends the Communications Act of 1934… Read more →

ISP Filtering

One of the big issues in tech and IP policy this year will be the role of ISPs. To what extent should they be common carries of information, enforcers of digital copyright, or delivery networks giving special priority to preferred media providers? The NY Times published an AP report that the FCC will investigate complaints that Comcast blocks BitTorrent traffic… Read more →

Verizon diverts traffic to its own search engine

Type “nytimes” into your browser’s location bar. Unless you have a local server on your network called nytimes, some web browsers (including Safari) will automatically add “http://www.” and “.com” to bring you to The New York Times at “” Other current browsers will search for the keyword in the user’s default search engine (including IE). That is, unless you get… Read more →