And by the way, what a bunch of liars. There was no detailed analysis. This was
an extremist yahoo move, preordained, based only on dogmatic slogans, going
against a policy that has worked well for over a century. And there are no
consumer protections here, other than to make ISPs explain how they intend to
screw their consumers. Also liars in how they describe the Supreme Court's
comments. The Supreme Court, in 2005, said quite clearly that all ISPs should
be classified as common carriers, and that they couldn't see why not.
The amount of competition for fixed broadband service will not change with this
corrupted vote, just as it did not increase between 2000 and 2015.
And what about, " Eliminates the vague and expansive Internet Conduct Standard,
under which the FCC could micromanage innovative business models." That too is
laughable. The only "business models" helped by this are those of the local
monopolies, to go back to the 40 year old cable TV ideas. A real improvement!
Those with "innovative business models" told this tone deaf FCC what they
needed, and it wasn't walled-in cable TV.
And take a look at mobile. It becomes a private service. At least there, we
have competition, so the wireless ISPs have to listen to the consumers.
Well, stupid people do get stuck in the mud. We have seen what happens to the
"party of stupid," just the other day, even in Alabama. Refuse to engage brain,
and you end up losing in the long run. This will just accelerate the decline.
My hope was to see people exceeding expectations, not dumbass idiots proving
their detractors correct, at every single opportunity!
Courts, do the right thing. Chairman, please remove yourself from office. This
isn’t a dictatorship. You need to be out.
Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253
For Immediate Release
FCC ACTS TO RESTORE INTERNET FREEDOM
Reverses Title II Framework, Increases Transparency to Protect Consumers, Spur
Investment, Innovation, and Competition
WASHINGTON, December 14, 2017—The Federal Communications Commission today voted
to restore the longstanding, bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework that
has fostered rapid Internet growth, openness, and freedom for nearly 20 years.
Following detailed legal and economic analysis, as well as extensive
examination of comments from consumers and stakeholders, the Commission
reversed the FCC’s 2015 heavy-handed utility-style regulation of broadband
Internet access service, which imposed substantial costs on the entire Internet
In place of that heavy-handed framework, the FCC is returning to the
traditional light-touch framework that was in place until 2015. Moreover, the
FCC today also adopted robust transparency requirements that will empower
consumers as well as facilitate effective government oversight of broadband
providers’ conduct. In particular, the FCC’s action today has restored the
jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission to act when broadband providers
engage in anticompetitive, unfair, or deceptive acts or practices.
The framework adopted by the Commission today will protect consumers at far
less cost to investment than the prior rigid and wide-ranging utility rules.
And restoring a favorable climate for network investment is key to closing the
digital divide, spurring competition and innovation that benefits consumers.
The Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order adopted by the Commission
takes the following steps to achieve these goals:
Restores the classification of broadband Internet access service as an
“information service” under Title I of the Communications Act—the
classification affirmed by the
Supreme Court in the 2005 Brand X case.
Reinstates the classification of mobile broadband Internet access service as a
private mobile service.
Finds that the regulatory uncertainty created by utility-style Title II
regulation has reduced Internet service provider (ISP) investment in networks,
as well as hampered innovation, particularly among small ISPs serving rural
Finds that public policy, in addition to legal analysis, supports the
information service classification, because it is more likely to encourage
broadband investment and
innovation, thereby furthering the goal of closing the digital divide and
benefitting the entire Internet ecosystem.
Restores broadband consumer protection authority to the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC), enabling it to apply its extensive expertise to provide
uniform online protections against unfair, deceptive, and anticompetitive
Report and Order
Requires that ISPs disclose information about their practices to consumers,
entrepreneurs, and the Commission, including any blocking, throttling, paid
prioritization, or affiliated prioritization.
Finds that transparency, combined with market forces as well as antitrust and
consumer protection laws, achieve benefits comparable to those of the 2015
“bright line” rules at lower cost.
Eliminates the vague and expansive Internet Conduct Standard, under which the
FCC could micromanage innovative business models.
Finds that the public interest is not served by adding to the
already-voluminous record in this proceeding additional materials, including
confidential materials submitted in other proceedings.
The item takes effect upon approval by the Office of Management and Budget of
the new transparency rule that requires the collection of additional
information from industry.
Action by the Commission December 14, 2017 by Declaratory Ruling, Report and
Order, and Order (FCC 17-166). Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr
approving. Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissenting. Chairman Pai,
Commissioners Clyburn, O’Rielly, Carr and Rosenworcel issuing separate
WC Docket No. 17-108
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text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC, 515
F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974