Focus Areas:    Broadband | FCC | Net Neutrality | Telecom | Telecom Act | Title II | Verizon v. FCC

Reply Comments of ICLE and TechFreedom, In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, FCC

Reply Comments of International Center for Law & Economics and TechFreedom, In the Matter of Protecting & Promoting the Open Internet, 30 F.C.C. Rcd. 5601 (2015).

Summary

“Any new rules issued by the Commission should not be based on Title II. For the reasons we explained in our comments, we believe re-opening Title II would be a disaster in ways that Title II proponents do not seem to understand – or, at least, have not been willing to seriously discuss.”

“First, subjecting broadband to Title II would not even allow the FCC to do the one thing the D.C. Circuit’s Verizon decision clearly bars the FCC from doing under Section 706: banning “paid prioritization.”…Second, the Commission cannot simply “reclassify” broadband in the sense that that term has been used by Title II proponents; the FCC can only re-open the interpretation of the key definitions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act…Third, Title II proponents invariably assert that any problems created by Title II can be solved by the FCC
through various forbearance proceedings…”

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