In the News: FCC Decision on Net Neutrality

Patty TerhuneInternet

Net Neutrality has been a hot news items for many weeks now and will continue to be well into 2018.

A brief history…

On February 26, 2015, the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality by reclassifying broadband as a common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. On April 13, 2015, the FCC published the final rule on its new “net neutrality” regulations.

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principles, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.

On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted to repeal most network-neutrality rules; reclassify ISPs, wired and wireless, as non-common carriers; and deed most of the internet policing functions to the Federal Trade Commission or Justice Department.

The rules will not take effect until the Office of Management and Budget approves the new information collection requirements in the transparency portion of the item, which almost certainly means early 2018 at the earliest.

Where does Clear Creek stand in the midst of this?…

Throughout this debate, Clear Creek has focused specifically on the practical – regardless of the basis for any regulation, the primary practical concern for Clear Creek has been, and still is, our ability to operate under a clearly defined and stable regulatory framework.

Clear Creek Communications will continue to closely follow the developments in this decision by the FCC. Our priority is our customers and providing them the best service possible.