The long awaited FCC 15-24A1 (easily confused with the NCC-1701A Enterprise) was released yesterday. At a hefty 400 pages, it could pass for a Star Fleet manual. The document appears to be a cross-functional manuscript, both setting up the legal framework for the regulation of the “open internet” and at the same time it is chock-a-block with self-justification. Seems like they wrote it with the lawsuits in mind. While its unlikely to make the NYT best sellers list, you can get your free copy here FCC-15-24A1.
At the same time the FCC has launched its own Net Neutrality Myth Buster campaign see here.
They call it “Separating Fact from Fiction” but it is really designed to get head start on opponents. There will undoubtedly be a lot of Net Neutrality Myth Busting going around over the next several months as people try and figure out what it is and what it isn’t. Ultimately it will be the US Congress or the courts the sort the fact from fiction, but they will take their sweet time about it. The FCC has taken us boldly into the unknown. We might just see the Enterprise take off on its 5 year mission before we get this Net Neutrality stuff sorted out.
Check out the Net Neutrality Myth Buster…
- Myth: This is utility-style regulation.
- Fact: The Order takes a modernized approach to Title II, tailored for the 21st Century.
- Myth: The FCC plans to set broadband rates and regulate retail prices in response to consumer complaints.
- Fact: The Order doesn’t regulate retail broadband rates.
- Myth: This will increase consumers’ broadband bills and/or raise taxes.
- Fact: The Order doesn’t impose new taxes or fees or otherwise increase prices.
- Myth: This is a plan to regulate the Internet and let the government take over the Internet.
- Fact: The Order doesn’t regulate Internet content, applications or services or how the Internet operates, its routing or its addressing.
- Myth: This proposal means the FCC will get to decide which service plan you can choose.
- Fact: The Order doesn’t limit consumers’ choices or ban broadband data plans.
- Myth: This will embolden authoritarian states to tighten their grip on the Internet.
- Fact: The Open Internet rules ensure the Internet continues to be a powerful platform for free expression, innovation and economic growth.
- Myth: This will stifle innovation in new areas of Internet connectivity like connected cars or tele-health.
- Fact: The Order doesn’t regulate the class of IP-based services that do not connect to the public Internet.
- Myth: This will lead to slower broadband speeds and reduced investment in broadband
- Fact: The Order doesn’t reduce broadband investment or slow broadband speeds.
- Myth: The new transparency rules add up to a new form of regulation.
- Fact: Clear disclosure requirements benefit both consumers and industry.
- Myth: The general conduct standard will chill innovation.
- Fact: This is not new ground. The Commission also adopted a general conduct standard in 2010 and investment flourished.