Comcast asks the FCC to prohibit states from enforcing net neutrality

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  1. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Comcast asks the FCC to prohibit states from enforcing net neutrality
    Pressure builds on FCC Chair Ajit Pai to preempt state net neutrality laws.
    JON BRODKIN - 11/3/2017, 11:13 AM

    "Comcast Senior VP Frank Buono and a Comcast attorney met with Pai Chief of Staff Matthew Berry and Senior Counsel Nicholas Degani on Monday, the company said in an ex parte filing that describes the meeting.

    Comcast urged Pai's staff to reverse the FCC's classification of broadband as a Title II common carrier service, a move that would eliminate the legal authority the FCC uses to enforce net neutrality rules. Pai has said he intends to do just that, so Comcast will likely get its wish on that point.

    But Comcast also wants the FCC to go further by making a declaration that states cannot impose their own regulations on broadband. The filing said:

    "We also emphasized that the Commission's order in this proceeding should include a clear, affirmative ruling that expressly confirms the primacy of federal law with respect to BIAS [Broadband Internet Access Service] as an interstate information service, and that preempts state and local efforts to regulate BIAS either directly or indirectly."

    Despite calling for the FCC to abandon the legal authority it uses to enforce net neutrality rules, Comcast said it supports "a free and open Internet" and "legally enforceable net neutrality protections." Comcast told Pai's staff that the FCC could adopt net neutrality rules using its other authority—but the FCC tried that in 2010, and this previous attempt at enforcing net neutrality rules was struck down in court.

    Alternatively, Comcast said the FCC could decide not to impose its own rules and simply rely on the Federal Trade Commission "to ensure that ISPs' public commitments to core open Internet protections are honored." Such a move would essentially set up a "voluntary" net neutrality system in which ISPs would face no rules and would choose whether to make net neutrality commitments."

    Verizon, Republicans also call for preemption...
     
  2. HTWingNut

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    That whole article is confusing. Can someone Cliff Notes it for me in a few sentences? It sounds like Comcast supports net neutrality but doesn't. I'm confused.
     
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  3. Jarhead

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    Comcast is asking the FCC to deregulate internet services so that ISPs can self-regulate and asking that states be banned from regulating ISPs. Assuming that they are successful at this demand, then they can truthfully claim that they support a fair and open internet as defined by the law (which they manipulated).
     
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  4. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    This does not surprise me. Comcast got caught flat footed several years back. They won in court (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comcast_Corp._v._FCC) but it cost them some coin. Now they are trying to get ahead of the game by going after net neutrality.
     
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  5. Kaze No Tamashii

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    all this net neutrality has been popping up recently. Saw threads on reddit about the FCC wanted to abolish net neutrality before Thanksgiving and seems like there's nothing can be done about it?
     
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    Pull a SOPA and loudly complain continuously, including shutting down websites, until the message is received?
     
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  7. Tanner@XoticPC

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    That's what I'd do.
     
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