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FCC Releases NPRM Proposing New Open Internet Rules

May 19, 2014

Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to adopt new open Internet (or "net neutrality") rules.  A copy of the NPRM is available here

The NPRM proposes a revised no-blocking rule, a new rule prohibiting commercially unreasonable practices, and an enhanced transparency rule.  In addition to seeking comment on the proposed rules, the NPRM also seeks comment on a number of related issues, including: (i) the costs and benefits of relying on Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, Title II of the Communications Act, and other sources as the legal authority for its rules; and (ii) the development of a multi-faceted dispute resolution process for affected parties.  A summary of the NPRM is available here.

Comments are due on July 15, 2014, and reply comments are due on September 10, 2014.  For questions or comments on these issues, or for assistance in the preparation of comments, please contact either of the attorneys listed below.