• Restoring Internet Freedom NPRM
  • June 7, 2017 | Authors: C. Douglas Jarrett; Thomas B. Magee
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • At the FCC May Open Meeting, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that includes proposals to reverse the classification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as telecommunications carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, re-classify mobile broadband as private mobile service, and eliminate the Internet conduct standard adopted in the 2015 Open Internet Order.  The NPRM also seeks comment on whether the Commission should keep, modify, or eliminate the bright-line rules established in the 2015 order.  The proposal to reclassify Internet Service as an information service substantially curtails the FCC’s authority to regulate small and large ISPs and has important implications for pole attachments.