Companies that provide access to the Internet should not be able to play favorites. For us, this is the definition of “Open Internet.” The term “net neutrality” is a component of an Open Internet. In June of 2015, the FCC issued a rulemaking on net neutrality. We supported that rulemaking. In December of 2017, the FCC modified that order to remove much of its protections. Unfortunately, more hard work protecting the currently Open Internet remains to be done. Those who have an economic or political interest in limiting access to the Internet will continue to press to close the Internet. These tools include courtrooms, on Capitol Hill and regulatory agencies around the world. The small amount of ground gained in the past few years may be eroded without continued advocacy and vigilance.
The FCC rulemaking is an example of the need for advocacy and vigilance. As with all government regulations, there are many aspects of the FCC’s rulemaking that are subject to interpretation. The i2Coalition has identified issues associated with how the FCC’s order addresses several specific issues concerning the treatment of discrete “applications” or content. It is not clear how this order will protect privacy and in particular encryption. We do not yet know exactly how the Commission will address and resolve disputes over what it calls “interconnection” and “traffic exchange” between ISPs, edge providers, and other Internet players.Many important legal and technical specifics remain unclear, and will hopefully be fleshed out in the order and rules.
The FCC’s Open Internet order represents a success for our industry and we should all be pleased with it. However, those who oppose an open and fair Internet will not give up. We will continue to be leaders protecting gains we’ve recently made, and ensuring that access to the Internet remains as open as possible. We hope you will join us as we continue to fight for an open Internet, innovation, and customer choice.
Recent Updates On The Open Internet
Monica will coordinate i2Coalition work on the policy initiatives chosen for focus by the member-led i2Coalition Working Groups.
Zuckerberg Visits Congress, More Discussion On Net Neutrality, And A Looming Battle For Encryption? The April 2018 Legislative Update
Zuckerberg’s visit, a plethora of potential Net Neutrality legislation, trade policy fears, erosion of Section 230, and the possible return of encryption banning dominate Congress in April.
We’ll be discussing an overview of the biggest issues that could lead to industry disaster and why that’s not hyperbole.
March 2018 Legislative Update: The Omnibus Appropriations Bill, SESTA-FOSTA, and competing Net Neutrality legislation
Congress rushed to pass an Omnibus Appropriations Bill, while SESTA-FOSTA passed eroding CDA Section 230, and competing Net Neutrality legislation was discussed.
Join us in traveling to Austin, Texas March 9th through 15th for these highlight events of the SXSW 2018 festival!
After a government shutdown early in the month, updates to net neutrality, the CLOUD Act, cybersecurity policy, trade agreements, and more.
“Infrastructure companies become more effective when they communicate plainly and clearly with customers, regulatory bodies, and each other.”
“Our customers depend on not only us but this industry. We are looking forward to adding our, and our customers’, voice to those protecting this industry.”
Issues related to the Federal government’s budget continue to dominate discussions in Washington after a three-day government shutdown. Fights over intermediary liability, surveillance reform, and trade continue.
Near the end of 2017 we were faced with major fights for the heart and soul of the Internet. 2018 Will be another unprecedented year of challenges to the open and innovative Internet.
2017 has been one of the most challenging years on record for the Internet infrastructure industry, despite its continued importance and growth.
i2Coalition is not done demanding strong Net Neutrality rules. This fight isn’t over, it has turned to Congress.