June 22, 2018

FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Establishes Transparency Disclosures Portal For Internet Service Providers and Consumers

From the FCC: 

As required by the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, with this Public Notice, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, in coordination with the Wireline Competition Bureau, establishes a portal for Internet service provider (ISP) transparency disclosures.

The Order becomes effective on June 11, 2018, and the revised transparency rule – 47 CFR § 8.1(a) – requires ISPs to publicly disclose information about their service in one of two ways – by providing the disclosure on a publicly available, easily accessible website or by submitting it to the FCC for posting.

ISPs choosing to submit their required disclosures to the FCC should do so electronically, in a format that is accessible to people with disabilities, through http://www.fcc.gov/isp-disclosures.

On May 29, 2018, this portal will be available for both ISPs submitting their disclosures to the FCC and consumers searching for any disclosures submitted to the FCC.

CAVEAT

An ISP that does not submit its required disclosure to the FCC through this portal will be deemed as having elected to provide it on a publicly available, easily accessible website of its choosing. An ISP that submits its required disclosure to the FCC and later elects to provide it on a publicly available, easily accessible website of its choosing should inform the FCC of this change by filing via the FCC portal a clear statement of the change, including the website where consumers can find the required disclosure.

Ed. Note:  Instead of having a centralized, one-stop, resource to access this info it’s not going to be as easy as it SHOULD be (assuming Congress or legal challenges do not make Restoring Internet Freedom Order a no go.  Wrong (but sadly) not a surprise.

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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