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Wise Public Policy Will Not Kill the Internet

Ever since the FCC launched its bold effort to update 20th century regulations to fit the 21st century broadband world, telecom companies have waged a relentless verbal campaign to persuade the public of the dire consequences that will occur if the Commission (or Congress) succeeds.  Meanwhile, the FCC is rightly looking to mark the boundaries…

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FCC Launches Inquiry on Key Jurisdictional Question

The FCC today issued its much-anticipated Notice of Inquiry on the agency's jurisdiction over broadband Internet access services.  CDT welcomes the FCC's decision to roll up its sleeves and address this critical issue in a straightforward, thorough, and timely fashion. The NOI tees up questions that are central to the nation's communications regulatory structure.  The Internet…

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Copps at the Churchill Club: Ready for a Fight

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, speaking today to the Silicon Valley-based Churchill Club at an event co-sponsored by CDT, argued in very strong terms for bringing Internet access providers under regulatory oversight “to protect consumers and innovators from unjust and unreasonable discrimination.”  Copps warned that the “days of the Open Internet will be succeeded by the Age of the Gatekeepers”…

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Network Management News from All Corners

The past week has seen several important developments relating to how network operators manage the traffic on their networks. After several months of discussions, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) – one of the leading technical standards organizations for the Internet – officially chartered a new working group focusing on Congestion Exposure (CONEX). The purpose of CONEX…

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Revisting the Communications Act

The chairmen of the House and Senate Committees with jurisdiction over communications law announced earlier this week  that they will begin a process to update the Communications Act.  It's a timely step; April's federal court decision overturning a 2008 Federal Communications Commission slap on the wrist to Comcast raises serious questions about the extent of…

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At Long Last, “Title II Lite” for Broadband

After weeks of speculation and debate, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and General Counsel Austin Schlick  announced today that the Commission will move to use its authority under Title II of the Communications Act to lightly regulate broadband Internet access services.  The announcement comes one month to the day after the DC Circuit’s decision in the…

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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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