Companies Support FCC Move to Protect Broadband Consumers

Thirteen leading Internet and technology companies have joined together in support of today’s proposal by the Federal Communications Commission to protect consumer choice and innovation on the broadband Internet. More >

President Obama Embraces FCC Open Internet Rule

President Obama embraced the open Internet rulemaking at the Federal Communications Commission in his wide-ranging citizens' interview on YouTube.

"I’m a big believer in Net Neutrality …My FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has indicated that he shares the view that we’ve got to keep the Internet open, that we don’t want to create a bunch of gateways that prevent somebody who doesn’t have a lot of money but has a good idea from being able to start their next YouTube or their next Google on the Internet."

"This is something we’re committed to,” he continued. “We’re getting pushback, obviously, from some of the bigger carriers who would like to be able to charge more fees and extract more money from wealthier customers. But we think that runs counter to the whole spirit of openness that has made the Internet such a powerful engine for not only economic growth, but also for the generation of ideas and creativity."

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Tech Investors Back Neutrality Rules to Protect and Promote Innovation

A new public letter signed by 30 business investors in technology companies was sent today to the Chairman of the FCC and released by the Open Internet Coalition. Prominent venture capitalists --including five of the top ten ranked investors on the 2009 Forbes Magazine “Midas List” – support “the Commission’s ongoing efforts to adopt rules to safeguard the open Internet.” These investors and entrepreneurs back openness rules across all Internet networks, both wired and wireless, to drive “investment, job creation, and consumer welfare.” More >

Internet Pioneers Support Open Internet Policy at FCC

Five Internet pioneers involved in development of early Internet technologies, including ARPANET and TCP/IP communications protocols, released a public letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski applauding his commitment to non-discrimination and transparency principles in the upcoming Commission proceeding to promote an open Internet.

Signers of the letter include Vint Cerf, Stephen Crocker, David Reed, Lauren Weinstein, and Daniel Lynch. More >

OIC Releases Public Letter to Chairman Genachowski Supporting Open Internet Rules

A public letter signed by 27 executives and innovators from prominent Internet and technology companies in support of the process to adopt rules that preserve an open Internet was sent today to the Chairman of the FCC and released by the Open Internet Coalition. The letter is available here. More >

Chairmen Waxman & Rockefeller Urge FCC to Protect Broadband Consumers and Implement the Broad Objectives of the National Broadband Plan

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV sent a letter to Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on the recent opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Comcast Corporation v. Federal Communications Commission. The ruling created legal and regulatory uncertainty regarding FCC’s authority to protect broadband consumers and implement the broad objectives of the National Broadband Plan. More >

Open Internet Coalition Applauds Genachowski’s Decision to Protect Broadband Consumers

The Open Internet Coalition applauds reports that FCC Chairman Genachowski will make an announcement tomorrow to lay out a path for extending key protections to consumers using broadband Internet services, and to ensure the National Broadband Plan can be implemented in several key areas. More >

CSPAN The Communicators: Michael Copps

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps (D) discusses the national broadband plan. Program from Saturday, May 1, 2010.

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Open Internet Coalition Calls on FCC to Protect Open Internet, Move Quickly to Clarify Authority Post Comcast v. FCC

The Open Internet Coalition filed reply comments Monday in the open Internet rulemaking at the Federal Communications Commission. In the comments, the OIC argues filings in the docket support adoption of an openness rule for the broadband Internet. According to the OIC, a broad consensus, including among network operators, supports FCC authority to enforce the Broadband Policy Statement’s four openness principles plus a new transparency principle. The OIC believes an openness rule should also include a nondiscrimination principle with an exception for reasonable network management, and should apply to both wireless and wireline networks. More >

CSPAN Communicators: Net Neutrality & Comcast V. FCC

Recently, the DC Court of Appeals struck down a 2008 “cease and desist” order from the FCC over Comcast slowing down information sent from the peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. The Communicators features interviews on the implications of the decision. More >

Open Internet Coalition Calls for FCC Proceeding to Clarify Authority to Protect Broadband Internet

Today's DC Circuit decision in Comcast creates a dangerous situation, one where the health and openness of broadband Internet is being held hostage by the behavior of the major telco and cable providers. The Court has taken an aggressive position, rejecting the FCC’s legal authority to implement broadband Internet policy under Title I of the Communications Act. The legal challenge to Title I authority by Comcast has created an outcome where the FCC has no option but to immediately open a proceeding to clarify its authority over broadband network providers under Title II. More >

Wall Street Journal - U.S. Is Fifth on List of Most ‘Networked’ Countries

An annual ranking of countries' information technology systems shows the U.S. falling to fifth as Sweden rose to the top and developing countries such as China and India made significant gains. More >

OIC's Statement on the National Broadband Plan

“This comprehensive plan recognizes that broadband Internet is the essential economic infrastructure of the 21st century, and that previous hands-off policies have been unsuccessful in developing this important national asset. Government must play an important role in ensuring that all Americans gain access to fast, affordable broadband. The three most important metrics by which to judge the plan are what it does to improve broadband affordability, accessibility, and speed. We will be looking closely at the plan to see how it measures against these benchmarks. More >

Digital Déjà Vu: Old Myths about Net Neutrality

Opponents of an open Internet make a number of charges that lack a basis in fact. Free Press rebuts many of arguments against enforcement of Net Neutrality in a new paper entitled Digital Déjà Vu: Old Myths about Net Neutrality (PDF). More >

Insiders Weigh In on Net Neutrality

Watch Markham Erickson, Executive director of the Open Internet Coalition, discuss proposed Net Neutrailty rules on the Saturday, December 5th edition of The Communicators on C-SPAN. More >

Collection of Comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality

The Open Internet Coalition has assembled comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality. View comments from interested parties in the private and public sectors. More >

OIC Applauds FCC Net Neutrality Action

Statement by Markham Erickson, Executive Director, OIC:

“In a landmark move, Chairman Genachowski has put the FCC on course to protect the Internet economy and make sure it promotes consumer-friendly innovation. Over the last several years, the uncertainty around the extent and enforceability of non-discrimination rules has cast a shadow over investment and potentially stifled a key element of growth. The bold step by the Chairman will fulfill President Obama’s repeated commitment to Net Neutrality policies. More >


The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) believes a national broadband strategy requires open access networks and net neutrality. Click to learn more about NATOA’s broadband principles.

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More Americans are accessing the Internet over wireless devices than ever. Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America highlight the lack of price competition in the wireless data marketplace in letters to Senators Kohl, Klobuchar and Rockefeller.

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