• FCC Rolls Back Net Neutrality
  • January 12, 2018 | Author: C. Douglas Jarrett
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • At the December 14th Open Meeting and as widely reported, the Commission adopted its Restoring Internet Freedom Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order. The final text has yet to be released, but the major points include the re-classification of high speed Internet access service as an information service. Last week’s decision also effectively terminates the bright line rules that were central to the 2015 Order and broadly embraced by many – no blocking of lawful content, no throttling of lawful content and no paid prioritization for a given edge provider’s content. In addition, the decision eliminates the “general conduct standard” that established comprehensive FCC oversight of the business practices of Internet Services Providers and confirms the role of the Federal Trade Commission in consumer protection matters (discussed below). The Commission split down party lines; last week’s decision was adopted by the Republican majority over the Democratic Commissioners’ objections, 3-2.