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Heads Up: The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rule is Coming

February is going to be a big month for Net Neutrality. Following a public request by the president, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that he will circulate a new rule on February 5th among the five FCC chairmen. The Commission will then hold a vote on whether to release the rule on February 26th.

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How the New Congress Can Protect Internet Freedom

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), spurred on by impassioned words from President Obama, is itching to enact stricter internet regulations next year. But there is a growing resistance among Republican lawmakers that could stop the agency in its tracks.

12/30/2014
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The FTC vs. the FCC on Net Neutrality

A turf war among regulators may be shaping up in the battle over Net Neutrality. A group of 32 academics, who oppose Net Neutrality on free market grounds, are asking that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) weigh in on the debate. The letter argues that the FTC already has the authority to deal with anticompetitive behavior, and that the agency should say as much.

12/10/2014
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FCC Plans Phone Tax Hike

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requesting an increase of $1.5 billion for its E-Rate program, citing the need for improved internet connectivity in public schools. This would represent a 62 percent increase in current spending.

11/24/2014
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Title II: a New Way to Tax the Internet

Mike O’Rielly, a commissioner at the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), is arguing that President Obama’s new proposal on Net Neutrality will result in an immediate tax on internet service providers (ISPs), which will then be passed on to consumers and result in across the board higher prices. The statement issued by the president contains no language pertaining to anything like a tax, though, so what’s he talking about?

11/18/2014
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FreedomWorks Classic: Issue Analysis of Net Neutrality

The issue of Net Neutrality is big in the news these days, with the president calling for increased internet regulation from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). But the Net Neutrality debate is far from a new one, and has in fact been raging for many years. Ever since its inception, the internet has had to fend off government attempts to control the information superhighway.

11/14/2014
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Rebutting the President on Net Neutrality

Earlier this week, President Obama issued a statement encouraging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt stricter rules on Net Neutrality, a regulation that requires internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all web content equally. But the president, like most supporters of Net Neutrality, fails to understand how the internet actually works. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is resistant to Obama's ideas, preferring a more nuanced approach, but he still favors increased regulation of the internet. Below is an extract from the president’s statement, outlining the four principles he has singled out as being fundamental features of the new regulations.

11/12/2014
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Issue Analysis: Title II Regulation of the Internet

After a decision by a Federal Appeals Court in January struck down the FCC's ability to enforce Net Neutrality, the agency has been looking for new ways to regulate the internet. One proposal is to classify internet service providers as "common carriers" under Title II of the Federal Communications Act of 1934. This would mean treating the internet like a utility, similar to telephone companies, water, and electricity. In this FreedomWorks Issue Analysis, we examine the implications of the FCC's proposal and the impact on internet freedom.

10/30/2014
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Clearing up Net Neutrality

10/20/2014
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Should We Treat the Internet Like a Utility?

The FCC is looking to get its hands on the internet again, this time with a set of sweeping set of regulations known as Title II. Essentially, this would allow the internet to be regulated like any other public utility. Defenders of the plan argue that regulation is necessary to preserve competition and protect small startup companies.

09/12/2014

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