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Monthly Archives: December 2010

DWT ADVISORY: FCC Releases Details on Net Neutrality Rules

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

 On Dec. 23, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Report and Order (R&O), and the text of the net neutrality rules it adopted on Dec. 21, 2010. The rules are summarized in our prior advisory, but the R&O contains many important details and nuances. (For the full text of the order, see Report and Order).   Transparency… Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules; Relies on Title I Ancillary Jurisdiction

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This morning at its monthly open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission adopted net neutrality rules which largely adopt existing Internet traffic and management practices, impose new non-discrimination and transparency rules, but leave room for specialized or managed services and usage based billing. The order is notable for basing jurisdiction mostly on Title I and ancillary… Continue Reading

Commerce Releases Privacy Report; Recommends Industry Self-Regulation and Creation of Privacy Policy Office

Posted in Privacy and Cybersecurity

On December 16, 2010, the Commerce Department released its own Privacy Report, suggesting a “revitalized” privacy framework that can protect consumer privacy, dynamic businesses and innovation, and promote better global data flow. Like the Federal Trade Commission’s counterpart Privacy Report of December 1, 2010, this “green paper” is a first step inviting comment, but it… Continue Reading

FCC Announces Members of Advisory Committees to Develop Recommendations on Implementing the Communications and Video Accessibility Act

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

Yesterday the FCC announced the membership of the two advisory committees mandated by the recent Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, which requires the FCC to promulgate rules on accessibility of devices for use by the disabled, Internet closed-captioning and video description. The FCC named 45 members to the Video Programming and Emergency… Continue Reading

CALM Act Directs FCC to Regulate Loud Commercials

Posted in Privacy and Cybersecurity

Late yesterday (December 2, 2010), Congress adopted the CALM Act, directing the Federal Communications Commission to adopt regulations controlling the volume of commercials on television broadcast stations, cable systems, satellite, and other multichannel video programming providers. Once signed by the President, the Federal Communications Commission will be required to adopt rules within one year, to… Continue Reading

FCC Proposes New Airwaves Rules for Broadband Era

Posted in Spectrum Initiatives

On Tuesday, the FCC followed through on its earlier announcement by adopting three wireless spectrum items intended to facilitate wireless broadband deployments. The items were: 1) a broadcast spectrum reorganization NPRM; 2) an experimental licensing NPRM; and 3) a “dynamic” spectrum access NOI. While the first item seeks to make new spectrum available in the… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Privacy Report; Outlines New Framework for Privacy Protections and Do Not Track

Posted in Privacy and Cybersecurity

Earlier today the Federal Trade Commission released its long awaited Privacy Report. The Report proposes a "normative framework" for new privacy protections that would cover the use of personal and profiling information across all industries, on and offline, and recommends a "do not track" law to limit online behavioral advertising.  (Copy of the FTC’s Report is… Continue Reading

Notes on Chairman’s Open Internet Remarks – Rules Will Preserve Reasonable Network Management Practices; Distinguish Between Mobile and Fixed Broadband; No Reclassification of Broadband Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Earlier today, Chairman Genachowski held a press conference to deliver his remarks on his proposed Open Internet rules, which are scheduled for vote at the FCC’s December 21 open meeting.  The Chairman prefaced his summary of the rules by noting that they are in principle rooted in policy statements of past "Republican" Chairmen Powell and… Continue Reading

FCC to Release Order on “Open Internet” Rules at December Meeting; Chairman To Discuss Issue Today at 10:30 am

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Last night the FCC released its tentative agenda for its next open meeting to be held December 21.  Two items are scheduled for consideration, the first being an Order (not a rulemaking or inquiry) adopting Open Internet rules, also known as net neutrality.  The text summarizing the agenda item is as follows: Open Internet Order:… Continue Reading