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Court Appears Skeptical of Broad FCC Authority

CDT has long expressed significant concern about the FCC asserting a broad concept of regulatory authority over Internet related matters. When President Obama was preparing to take office, we highlighted this specific concern in our transition memo on Internet neutrality. Based on the Comcast Corporation v. FCC oral argument held this morning, the D.C. Circuit seems to…

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Two Notes on Broadband Transparency

CDT submitted a brief comment yesterday in response to an FCC notice aimed at promoting more useful, transparent information about broadband services.  The notice is most directly aimed at the data, especially speed figures, that broadband providers advertise.  Given that actual speeds often vary, how can consumers be sure that they're comparing apples to apples?  What if one…

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Domo Arigato, IETF

Two weeks ago, upwards of 1100 dedicated souls gathered in Hiroshima, Japan for the 76th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Although I’ve been regularly attending these meetings for some time now, whenever this group gathers I’m always surprised and delighted anew at the extent to which the goal of the IETF…

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Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

In the wake of the major decision by the FCC to open up serious and substantial discussion on rule making on Internet neutrality, CDT’s Leslie Harris wrote a guest column for ABC News where she answers the simple question: “Why should you care about Net Neutrality?” The article offers informative discussion on the basics around the net neutrality debate…

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Finally…Rules for the Road

We just got back from an open meeting at the Federal Communications Commission where the Chairman announced a new rulemaking on Internet neutrality. It is too early to know whether we were witnesses to a historic moment in the evolution of the Internet; only time will tell. But we were surely witnesses to the beginning of a serious and…

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FCC Net Neutrality Proceeding Supports Public Interest

CDT and a large group of public interest advocates today sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski commending him and the Commission for launching a proceeding later this week to closely examine the issue of Internet neutrality. The proceeding is aimed at ensuring that broadband service providers cannot act as gatekeepers over Internet websites and…

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Trend Towards Wireless Openness Continues

In separate announcements yesterday, Verizon Wireless and AT&T took welcome steps towards greater openness in the wireless industry. By “openness,” I mean the extent to which wireless networks allow the use of devices and services that aren’t affiliated with the operators of those networks. Verizon Wireless said it would work with Google to provide fully open wireless phones…

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FCC Chairman Hits the Right Notes in Neutrality Speech

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski this morning ushered in a new phase of the long-running Internet neutrality debate. Over the past few years, the FCC has established some basic principles in a “Policy Statement.” It has issued Notices of Inquiry on network practices and held public meetings on the topic. And it has accused Comcast of violating the…

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FCC Chairman Hits the Right Notes in Neutrality Speech

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski this morning ushered in a new phase of the long-running Internet neutrality debate. Over the past few years, the FCC has established some basic principles in a “Policy Statement.” It has issued Notices of Inquiry on network practices and held public meetings on the topic. And it has accused Comcast of violating the…

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