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CDT Files Reply Comments in FCC Neutrality Proceeding

CDT filed extensive reply comments yesterday in the FCC's ongoing Open Internet proceeding — also known as the Internet neutrality rulemaking.  CDT continues to support the adoption of rules to ensure that the Internet remains an open, "innovation without permission" environment, rather than one in which network operators exert creeping gatekeeper control.  Responding to a variety of arguments…

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Congestion: Exposed

One aspect of the FCC’s proposed “Open Internet” rules that has received significant attention is the notion that the rules be subject to a “reasonable network management” exception. The network management provision would allow network operators to implement management schemes to control congestion and address other network issues without running afoul of the rules. CDT has repeatedly expressed…

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What Larry Strickling Meant to Say (and Should have Said)

On February 24, Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, gave a speech to The Media Institute in which he said: “Given all the human actors involved in the Internet with all their competing interests, we have to ask, do governments have to be involved to sort out these interests so…

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CDT Files Comments on Open Internet Rules

CDT submitted extensive comments yesterday on the FCC's proposed "open Internet" rules. Our basic take is that the FCC has put its finger on a crucial policy challenge.  The current legal and policy framework does not adequately guarantee the future of the Internet's open and nondiscriminatory structure.  Protecting the Internet's ability to serve as a platform for…

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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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