Category Archives: Network Neutrality

No Potholes on the Internet

In recent weeks, as the FCC prepares to take comment on new Open Internet rules to replace those struck down by the courts, DC has borne witness to a steady drumbeat of misinformation and scare tactics designed to bully regulators into adopting a radical and unwarranted shift in Internet regulation. With headlines screaming everything from […]

Level 3’s Appeal for Government Intervention Is Unwarranted

The blogosphere has been buzzing since last night, with all manner of “experts” offering opinions about the dispute between Comcast and Level 3 over their commercial arrangement for the exchange of Internet traffic.  While I am a bit hesitant to add to the ruckus, I think it is important to refute the misguided notion that […]

FCC Begins Proceeding on Broadband Internet Access

Yesterday, the FCC voted 3-2 to approve a Notice of Inquiry to change the legal framework of Internet access by reclassifying it under Title II of the Communications Act. John Eggerton of Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable wrote an overview of the FCC meeting and the  day’s happenings. We issued a statement from NCTA […]

Providers Back Web Freedom

The column below appeared today in The USA Today, as an opposing view to a USA Today editorial. Opposing view on ‘Net neutrality': Providers back Web freedom By Kyle McSlarrow On Tuesday, a federal court struck down a Federal Communications Commission order enforcing a rule that the agency hadn’t ever actually adopted. The court’s decision […]

NCTA Responds to Circuit Court Decision in Comcast v. FCC

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued its opinion in Comcast v. FCC.  Below is the statement from NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow on the opinion: “The Court correctly ruled that a specific order by the previous FCC was wrong.  We cannot state strongly enough that this […]

On Net Neutrality and the First Amendment

Today, NCTA President & CEO Kyle McSlarrow gave a speech at the Media Institute, the nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy issues. Fittingly, since the Institute is very focused on issues of freedom of speech, the address focused on “net neutrality” and the First Amendment. You can read the speech here, but I thought […]

Net Neutrality Debate Tonight

NCTA’s Executive Vice President, James Assey, will be participating tonight in an Oxford-style debate on net neutrality, presented by Tech Debate as part of Web 2.0 Expo New York. The participants will debate the motion “A network neutrality law is necessary.“ Arguing for the motion will be Professor Tim Wu, venture capitalist Brad Burnham and […]

A Reminder of What "Net Neutrality" Is Really About

More than a year ago, I put up a post expressing my pleasure about how the “net neutrality” discussion had evolved over time. Specifically, I focused on the comments of Vint Cerf between 2006 and 2008, when he seemed to move from arguing that the Internet must be “open and neutral,” to saying that “the […]

Genachowski Proposes New Rules

Yesterday, during a speech at the Brookings Institute, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules that would affect Internet access providers. Saying the FCC must be a "smart cop on the beat preserving a free and open Internet," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Monday proposed adding two new Internet access principles to the existing four, and […]

How the “neutrality” debate has evolved

Earlier this week, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf said something that brightened my day. …the real question for today’s broadband networks is not whether they need to be managed, but rather how. We couldn’t agree more, since I’ve expressed that same sentiment once or twice or thrice. Network managers know that networks need to […]