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Thursday, September 28, 2023

US return of the #netneutrality zombie - for Johannes Bauer's year as FCC Chief Economist!

FCC details plan to restore the net neutrality rules repealed by Ajit Pai

Democrats finally have 3-2 majority needed to regulate ISPs as common carriers.

 Rosenworcel's proposed rules will mostly mirror those approved under then-Chairman Tom Wheeler in 2015, senior FCC officials said in a call with reporters today. The proposal would classify broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, providing the legal authority to impose net neutrality rules and other regulations.

Broadband providers are likely to argue that rules aren't necessary because they've behaved themselves in the five years since the previous net neutrality order was repealed in 2018. To counter that argument, FCC officials today pointed out that ISPs are required to follow net neutrality rules in individual states even though the federal government doesn't have uniform rules for the whole country.

Then-Chairman Ajit Pai's attempt to preempt all state net neutrality rules was rejected in court. California enforces net neutrality rules that mirror what the FCC adopted in 2015 and beat industry attempts to get the state law overturned.

FCC officials said today that nearly a dozen states enforce net neutrality through state laws, government contracting policies, or executive orders. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Return of the Net Neutrality Zombie - podcast

 Breaking a 49 month blog fast to post a link to this enjoyable (for me!) chat with Caroline de Cock from October 2022, just before Tiemo Wolken raised the issue in the European Parliament - now the podcast is published, just as Thierry Breton goes back to his oligopoly mobile roots to argue against net neutrality. Sigh...

Internet traffic is growing MORE SLOWLY THAN EVER! Telegeography, the authority on international traffic, states "COVID bump aside, the pace of growth has been slowing".

So this is more evidence-free policy consultation, or policy-based evidence making as I described it to the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, at the end of a project on this distortion of reality to fit politics.