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Congress should act to ensure Net Neutrality

ISSUE OVERVIEW

Title II: Years of Uncertainty, Litigation and Consumer Harm

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Our Position

PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY BY MAKING IT THE LAW

Assessment

Interactive Time Line

        1999-2015

Net Neutrality: Where We Are & How We Got Here

  • 1999
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    July 20, 1999

    FCC Chairman Kennard, appointed by President Clinton, establishes a policy of a light regulatory touch for the Internet's early days.

  • 2002
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    March 14, 2002

    FCC Chairman Michael Powell classifies broadband Internet access as a Title I interstate information service.

  • 2003
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    June 5, 2003

    Law professor Tim Wu coins the term “net neutrality” in his paper “Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination.”

  • 2004
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    February 8, 2004

    FCC Chairman Powell introduces “Four Internet Freedoms,” Freedom to (1) access content; (2) run applications; (3) attach devices; (4) obtain service plan information.

  • 2005
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    March 3, 2005

    The FCC negotiates an agreement with Madison River Communication where Madison River agrees to “refrain from blocking” phone calls.

  • 2005
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    June 27, 2005

    In FCC vs. Brand X, the Supreme Court upholds FCC’s authority to define the classification of broadband as an information service under Title I.

  • 2005
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    September 23, 2005

    FCC reclassifies Internet access across the phone network, including DSL, as a Title I information service.

  • 2008
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    August 1, 2008

    Comcast vs. BitTorrent decision by FCC Chairman Martin – FCC hands Comcast a cease-and-desist order.


  • 2010
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    December 21, 2010

    FCC Open Internet Order makes net neutrality rules official FCC regulation for the first time.

  • 2010
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    April 6, 2010

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit dismisses the FCC's cease and desist order against Comcast.

  • 2014
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    January 14, 2014

    In Verizon vs. FCC, DC Circuit rules that as a Title I information service, FCC has no authority to adopt net neutrality regulations.

  • 2014
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    November 10, 2014

    President Obama calls on the FCC to reclassify broadband as Title II.

  • 2015
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    February 26, 2015

    FCC votes to 3-2 to classify the Internet as a public utility under Title II of The Communications Act.

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