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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/7/2018 6:30:29 PM
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Re: Zero-rating compliance...
I think states will ultimately win this net neutrality battle, but it will make for a strange FCC authority in the future. If the FCC doesn't want to set national policy to be the same across states, but states do, what power does the FCC have? 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
3/7/2018 4:44:31 PM
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Re: Zero-rating compliance...
..and add one more "factor" to the mix here as we see what happens as everything so far seems to be in a destructive mode:
 
Washington state's net neutrality law is the beginning of a big headache for Internet providers
Broadband companies fear having to deal with a patchwork of state rules.
By Brian Fung  •  Read more »
 


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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
3/9/2017 9:10:56 PM
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Re: Zero-Rating Compliance
srufulo1,

Have to agree; but the FCC has always been cited since its inception as an example of "regularory capture" (i.e. the tendency of consumer protection agencies to be staffed almost entirely from the industries they are supposed to be regulating -- it's always argued that only people who have been executives, high ranking lawyers, and other C- or close level people in the big corporations understand things well enough to be the regulators. The FCC haa historically veered around more in which sections of industry it protects and coddles, but since there are both Democratic and Republican bastions within its broad scope, that is hardly surprising.

Net neutrality is just going to be the latest victim; it doesn't really matter except to legal types whether you allow preferential treatment or preferential pricing, the effect is the same: supposedly "just-" carriers deciding what content is easier to access.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
3/8/2017 1:55:48 PM
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Zero-rating compliance...
I'm wondering if there's any clarity on what a future commission can do retroactively -- say if a future commission decides to enforce rules that haven't been previously enforced, can punishments be handed out that cover unlimited time periods? I'm sure carriers' legal teams are constantly balancing the opportunity of non-compliance vs the possible penalties. 

However, I'm sure that future commissions will be stacked in such a way that they won't actually institute harsh penalties for actions that were not previously enforced.... but maybe I'm wrong.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
3/8/2017 10:37:45 AM
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Re: Switcheroo (Brief Thoughts)
On the morning Prowl as I picked this up courtesy of Politico..it will be interesting what he has to say..and as the Democrats push the "Consumer Side':BIG DAY FOR PAI 

BIG DAY FOR PAI - The Senate Commerce Committee's FCC oversight session this morning could well double as Chairman Ajit Pai's confirmation hearing for another five-year term. President Donald Trump officially renominated Pai for his second term on Tuesday after the two met at the White House the day before - news that Margaret and Alex delivered hours before the administration announced the renomination in a release on Tuesday night. "Although the committee has not made a decision or commitment on the necessity of a separate confirmation hearing, senators will be encouraged at the oversight hearing to submit questions they may want Chairman Pai to answer related to his renomination," said Frederick Hill, spokesman for Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune's office. Today's panel marks Pai's first appearance before Congress since being named chairman. Questions about broadband privacy and net neutrality are likely to come up as well.

- Expect pointed questions from committee Democrats. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called on Pai on Tuesday to explain why he asked the agency's lawyers to stall their defense of price caps on prisoner phone calls, while Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed Markey(D-Mass.) joined ten other senators in pressing Pai to protect the E-Rate program. Blumenthal told Ashley he also wants to discuss net neutrality at the hearing along with "other issues where the new chairman is going to have a lot to say, and determine whether he's going to think more broadly than maybe he has."

MORE FCC NOMS COMING? - Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), ranking Democrat on Commerce, said he hoped more nominations for open commissioner slots would come before the hearing, but Thune said he doesn't anticipate that happening. Meanwhile, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) sought to link Pai's fate to that of Jessica Rosenworcel - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's pick for the FCC's open Democratic slot. "We are still waiting for the renomination of Commissioner Rosenworcel, and that will determine how I and other Democrats on the committee are likely to handle all nominations, including Chairman Pai's," Schatz told MT.

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Adi
Adi
3/8/2017 6:37:36 AM
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Switcheroo
<Both Pai and O'Rielly voted against allowing paid prioritization in 2014 (funnily enough, Wheeler and the other two Democrat commissioners voted in favor).>

That is very interesting. Any idea what the thinking was behind Wheeler's support for paid prioritization? 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/6/2017 5:14:03 PM
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Zero-Rating Compliance
"I think it's largely politics," Jonathan Marashlian, managing partner of DC-based communications-law firm Marashlian & Donahue, told Telco Transformation.

Of course it's largely politics. The FCC is an organization meant to protect consumers. Instead it's becoming something that will help to further line the pockets of large corporations.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
3/6/2017 10:53:13 AM
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Zero-Rating on things
They said that the will still be subject to bright line prohibitions etc. I'm not sure about this but so maybe this is a goog thing in a way or not we will see as time goes on.

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