Divided FCC Begins Proceeding to Revise Internet Oversight Policy, Reverse Many “Open Internet Order” Decisions   On May 18, 2017, at the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) May Open Meeting, the Commission adopted, on a two-one vote, a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), titled “Restoring Internet Freedom,” that would negate and replace the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, which the NPRM refers to as the “Title II Order.”  This...… Continue Reading
FCC Announces the Results of the $19.8 Billion Broadcast Incentive Auction On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) announced the results of its broadcast incentive auction.  The FCC raised approximately $19.8 billion through the auction.  While the gross revenues were considerably less than the nearly $45 billion the Commission raised in 2015 from the Advanced Wireless Services 3 (“AWS-3”) auction, … Continue Reading
Pai FCC Restores and Expands Small Carrier Open Internet Transparency Exemption On Thursday February 23, 2017, by a 2-1 vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to restore the Small Provider Exemption from the Commission’s Open Internet rules, and to expand the exemption to cover more BIAS providers. In the 2015 Open Internet Order, the FCC adopted enhanced transparency disclosure requirements for Internet service providers by … Continue Reading
A Change of Pace?  Pirate Radio Actions Signal A Possible Shift to Accelerated Issuance of Forfeiture Orders On Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a pair of forfeiture orders against pirate radio operators.  Each was subject to a $25,000 fine for allegedly continually operating unlicensed radio stations in violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act.  Pirate radio is not a topic that generally engenders coverage on this … Continue Reading
Comcast Reaches Record $2.3 Million Settlement with FCC Over “Negative Option Billing” Yesterday, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau reached a $2.3 million settlement with Comcast Corporation (Comcast) to resolve an investigation into whether Comcast wrongfully charged cable TV customers for services and equipment that those customers never authorized.  This prohibited practice, which the Commission refers to as “negative option billing”, is cable’s functional equivalent to the telco practice … Continue Reading