The Federal Communications Commission released the text of its Order reclassifying broadband internet access - the retail broadband service Americans buy from cable, phone, and wireless providers - as a telecommunications service and subjecting it to a “light-touch, Title II” regulatory approach similar to that used to regulate mobile voice services.  Given the complexity and size of the Order (nearly 300 pages without the separate statements), TMI has prepared a five-part Bulletin series with each Bulletin addressing discrete portions of the Order. If you would like to learn how you can become a Bulletin subscriber, click here.

  • Part 1 addresses  the basis for the reclassification and the services covered by the new rules. 
  • Part 2 addresses the three new bright line rules to protect an open Internet, the new rule for future conduct, and reasonable network management.
  • Part 3 addresses the enhancements to and clarifications of the existing transparency rule. 
  • Part 4 addresses how the new rules will be enforced.
  • Part 5 addresses the statutory provisions and FCC rules that will apply to broadband Internet access service, including reporting and financial obligations.

All the new rules will apply equally to fixed and mobile broadband networks.   They will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register except for the enhanced transparency rule.  That rule will not become effective until approved by the Office of Management and Budget. 

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