Net Neutrality Enforcement Ends Today

June 11, 2018

Washington — As of today, the agency Congress created to oversee communications networks will no longer ban broadband internet service providers from slowing, blocking or discriminating against internet content. The FCC voted late last year to abdicate its role in protecting net neutrality. The internet has historically had these rules, but the largest ISPs have fought them as part of their plans to charge more and leverage their power.

CCIA joined with Internet users, consumers groups and the many businesses that rely on the internet to challenged the issue in court after the FCC chairman issued the order — despite the millions of public comments asking him not to do it.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which has fought to preserve open non-discriminatory  internet access for more than two decades, filed a petition to intervene in the net neutrality case, which is now before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. CCIA has intervened in this action because many of our members and their users and customers will be affected by the FCC’s latest order that would abdicate its role in enforcing nondiscrimination rules on the internet. The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“Today is important for consumers and businesses to recognize that the federal government has left largely them on their own. Their ISP can speed up some internet traffic for a fee, leaving others in relatively slow lanes. We fully expect that in the short term the big ISPs will hold off on implementing major discriminatory changes in hopes of convincing Congress and others that rules are not necessary. However, the fact remains that now almost nothing stands in the way of the big ISPs trying to warp the open Internet into a more expensive, pay for service cable-like model.

“For the sake of so many smaller businesses and future startups, we hope the court will decide that the agency Congress created to protect consumers’ access to communications can’t just abdicate its responsibility for ensuring fair and open internet access.”

For media inquiries, please contact Heather Greenfield [email protected]

 

Related Articles

CCIA Joins CTA, Nearly 250 Signatories Asking Congress To Vote On FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn

Washington – A diverse group of consumer rights advocates, businesses, associations and civil rights groups sent a letter to Congress asking them to vote by year’s end on the confirmation of Gigi Sohn, whom President Biden nominated in October 2021. Sohn would take the fifth seat on the Federal Communications Commission that has been vacant…

Network Usage Fees: Tech’s Infrastructure Investments Deliver Major Savings for EU Telcos, New Study Finds

Brussels, BELGIUM – Tech firms invest €22 billion per year in Europe’s internet infrastructure, which generates nearly €1 billion in annual savings for internet providers such as EU telecom operators, according to a new study presented in Brussels today. The Analysys Mason report provides an evidence-based perspective to recent calls by EU telecom operators for…

CCIA Welcomes Senate Introduction Of Net Neutrality Legislation

Washington – Senators Ed Markey and Ron Wyden have introduced legislation to make Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) an express form of “telecommunications service” and thus subject to the protections of so-called net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., has introduced a companion bill in the House. …