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FCC Votes to Adopt Internet Freedom Order

On December 14, 2017, the Commission voted 3-2 as expected along party lines to adopt the Internet Freedom Order that had been circulated as a draft on November 22, 2017. When effective, the new order will reverse the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order. Based on the Commissioners’ comments at the open meeting the new order should […]

Comments Sought of FCC Privacy Regime

On Friday, the Federal Register published the FCC’s January 17th Public Notice of the fact that eleven Petitions for Reconsideration were filed in the Broadband Privacy proceeding (WC Docket No. 16-106).  The Petitions challenge various aspects of the FCC’s new ISP privacy regime, and were filed by ISP and cable trade groups as well as […]

Chairman Wheeler to Leave FCC Jan. 20

FCC Issues Clarification of Broadband Privacy Rules Deadlines Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that he will resign effective January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day. With Commissioner Rosenworcel unlikely to be confirmed for a new term, this would leave the FCC with two Republicans (Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly) and one Democrat (Commissioner Clyburn). The majority in […]

Top Takeaways from DWT’s April 26 Open Internet Webinar

As the communications industry anxiously awaits a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on the judicial challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules, the Commission is charging forward with new regulations.  On April 26, DWT held its latest in a series of webinars focusing on Open Internet developments.  […]

Advisory Alert: Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2016

Upcoming Open Internet Rules Will Soon Expand CPNI-Type Obligations to Broadband This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules require every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and calling card providers) to execute and file an annual officer certification that it is in […]

Open Internet Webinar

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST Please join us for an interactive, end-of-year discussion about developments in the FCC’s Open Internet (a.k.a. “net neutrality”) rules.  Will the rules survive judicial challenge?  Will Congress act?  How will the rules impact your business in 2016? Agenda: Judicial challenge oral arguments, presented by John […]

FCC to Initiate Privacy Rulemaking in “Autumn”

ISPs Subject to Enforcement of Morphing “Reasonable, Good Faith” Efforts in Interim At a speech at the Brookings Institution on Friday, Chairman Wheeler stated that the Commission intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin the process of developing privacy rules applicable to broadband Internet providers.  As discussed in a previous blog post, […]

FCC Releases Privacy Enforcement Advisory

Tells Broadband Providers to Take “Reasonable, Good Faith” Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy in Absence of Rules Come June 12, unless stayed by a federal court, broadband Internet service providers will be subject to expanded requirements to protect consumer privacy and new limitations on the use of customer data under the FCC’s recent Open Internet […]

FCC Proclaims Its Role in Protecting Consumer Privacy

Extends CPNI Section 222 to Broadband The Open Internet Order does not forbear from applying Section 222 of the Act to broadband Internet access service providers.  It does, however, forbear from applying its existing customer proprietary network information (“CPNI”) rules, in recognition that those rules deal with the privacy of customer information connected with their […]
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