• FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules
  • January 13, 2011 | Authors: Maureen Jeffreys; Stephanie M. Phillipps
  • Law Firm: Arnold & Porter LLP - Washington Office
  • On December 21, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) approved by a 3-2 vote a Report and Order (Order) adopting regulations prohibiting providers of broadband Internet access service from blocking certain types of content, applications, services, or devices; prohibiting unreasonable discrimination among certain types of traffic, but allowing reasonable network management; and imposing transparency requirements on Internet access service providers. The Order comes after a successful court challenge to a prior Commission effort to regulate network management practices of Comcast that the Commission found interfered impermissibly with customer access to Internet content. Net neutrality has been the subject of extensive agency deliberation and public debate among industry leaders, consumer groups, Congressional leaders, and others as to whether government regulatio of network neutrality and network management is necessary or appropriate. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski characterized the Order as a compromise between industry and consumer interests that provides regulatory certainty while requiring little in the way of compliance costs. Several members of Congress have promised to undo the Commission’s action. www.arnoldporter.com