FCC Releases Full Text Of Open Internet Report And Order
March 12, 2015 at 8:03 AM (PT)
The FCC has released its report and order on the Open Internet and Net neutrality. The full text with concurring and dissenting opinions (all five Commissioners filing separately with text versions of the comments they delivered at the Open Meeting) weighs in at 400 pages.
The document warns that "Threats to Internet openness remain today. The record reflects that broadband providers hold all the tools necessary to deceive consumers, degrade content, or disfavor the content that they don’t like," although it also notes that the 2010 rule changes did deter such conduct while in effect prior to a court ruling vacating and remanding them.
The order offers what it says are "clear, bright-line rules" that stop blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization and provides that ISPs " shall not unreasonably interfere with or unreasonably disadvantage (i) end users’ ability to select, access, and use broadband Internet access service or the lawful Internet content, applications, services, or devices of their choice, or (ii) edge providers’ ability to make lawful content, applications, services, or devices available to end users. Reasonable network management shall not be considered a violation of this rule."
The Commission says that the rules regulate ISPs under a "Title II tailored for the 21st Century," avoiding some of the "utility-style provisions" that apply to landline telephone carriers.
Read the order and opinions by clicking here.