• FCC Releases Text of Restoring Internet Freedom Order
  • February 15, 2018 | Author: C. Douglas Jarrett
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, the FCC released the text of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order adopted in December. The major points include the re-classification of high speed Internet access service as an information service. The Order also effectively terminates the bright line rules that were central to the 2015 Order – 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. On the other hand, the FCC adopted a comprehensive “transparency rule,” requiring broadband providers to disclose any blocking, throttling or paid prioritization; full disclosure of the ISPs’ privacy policies; and confirms the role of the Federal Trade Commission in consumer protection matters.