December 14, 2017

Roundup: Net Neutrality Rollback (Reports, Statements, Documents)

As expected in a 3-2 vote (along party lines) the FCC voted to rollback net neutrality regulations today.


View Online/Keyword Search Video of the FCC December 14, 2017 Open Meeting (via C-SPAN Video Library)
Net neutrality portion of meeting begins at 1:11:30.

Official Statements From FCC

FCC News Release: “FCC Takes Action to Restore Internet Freedom”

Statements and Comments

CFLA: Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) Concerned about US Net Neutrality Protection Elimination

Netflix: “We’re disappointed in the decision to gut net neutrality…Beginning of a Longer Legal Battle” (via @Twitter)

FTC: Statement from Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen on the FCC’s Approval of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order

National Association of Realtors: Net Neutrality Rollback Put Consumers, Main Street Businesses on the Defensive in Digital Era, Says Realtors

Public Knowledge: FCC Abandons Consumer Protection Responsibility With Net Neutrality Repeal & Public Knowledge Backs Sen. Markey’s Plan to Overturn the FCC Net Neutrality Repeal

Legislative/Legal Challenges

Senator Markey Leads Resolution to Restore FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules ||| Direct to Full Text of Resolution

NY State Attorney General Will Lead Multistate Lawsuit “To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality”

Primary Document

Read the DRAFT Order
210 pages; PDF.

FCC Documents and/or All Filings (Docket 17-108)

Items From Prior to the December 14, 2017 Vote

UPDATE December 14 FCC December 2017 Open Meeting Agenda

UPDATE December 13  New York City Area Library Leaders Have Op/Ed Published & Send Letter to Congress Re: Proposed Net Neutrality Rollback
||| Direct to Op/Ed by NYC Library Leaders
||| Direct to Letter from NYC Library Leaders to Sen. Charles Schumer
Note: The open letter was published today by The Verge

UPDATE December 13 Letter From a Number of State Attorneys General to Delay Vote

UPDATE December 13 New York Attorney General Schneiderman Releases New Details On Investigation Into Fake Net Neutrality Comments ||| Letter From Schneiderman to FCC (3 pages; PDF)

UPDATE December 12 Letter Signed by More Than 100 Republican Members of Congress to FCC Chairman Supporting Reversal of Net Neutrality Rules

UPDATE December 12 Sir Tim Berners-Lee on Net Neutrality “Act Now to Save the Internet as We Know It” (via World Wide Web Foundation)

UPDATE December 12 Letter Signed by 19 Democratic Members of Congress Urging FCC to Delay Net Neutrality Vote (via Funds For Learning)

UPDATE December 11 FTC, FCC Outline Agreement to Coordinate Online Consumer Protection Efforts Following Adoption of The Restoring Internet Freedom Order ||| Direct to MOU (DRAFT)

UPDATE December 4 Wikimedia Foundation: “Net Neutrality is Essential for Access to Knowledge”

UPDATE November 30 Digital Library Federation Issues Statement on Proposed Rollback

UPDATE November 30 Debunking Chairman Pai’s Claims about Net Neutrality Prepared by the Office of FCC Commissioner Clyburn

UPDATE November 30 Chairman Pai Statement On Threats Against Congressman Regarding Net Neutrality

UPDATE November 29 ARL Issues Statement on Proposed Rollback of Net Neutrality

UPDATE November 27 Larra Clark, Deputy Director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), Shares First Impressions of Proposed Order to Rollback Net Neutrality (via ALA District Dispatch)

UPDATE (November 22, 2017): We’ve updated this post with the full text of the proposed order.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

November 21 2017: Draft Order Circulated

Media Coverage

FCC Will Vote to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules In December (via The Hill)

FCC Plans Total Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules (via Politico)

FCC Plan Would Give Internet providers Power to Choose the Sites Customers See and Use

Full Text: Statements From Commissioners

Statement of Chairman Pai

Statement of Commissioner Carr

Statement of Commissioner Clyburn

Statement of Commissioner O’Rielly

Statement of  Commissioner Rosenworcel

Statements/Commentary After Draft Circulated

ALA: ALA Strenuously Opposes FCC Proposed Order on Net NeutralityNet Neutrality at the end of 2017: What Libraries Need to Know

Brookings: The FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal: A Shameful Sham that Sells out ConsumersNote: Written by Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Freedom House: Ending ‘Net Neutrality’ Could Reduce Access to Information

INCOMPAS: Statement on FCC Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

Internet Archive: Net Neutrality & Competition: The Final Days of Internet Freedom

Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition): Statement 

Mozilla Foundation: Statement on FCC Proposal to Roll Back Net Neutrality in The U.S.

Public Knowledge: FCC Chairman Pai Moves to Strip Americans of Net Neutrality Protections
See Also: PK Net Neutrality Timeline

World Wide Web Foundation: FCC Announces Vote to Scrap Net Neutrality Rules

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