FCC and FTC Memorandum of Understanding on Restoring Internet Freedom

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December 2017 - In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) introduced into the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (WC Docket No. 17-108 ). Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O'Reilly and Brendan Carr -- voted in favor of the proposal while Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voted against it. 
Under this new Order, broadband internet will no longer be classified as a Title II service, and regulations applied under that classification via the previous Net Neutrality rules will be removed. Under the previous regulations, broadband companies were restrained from blocking or throttling the speed of content delivery. Under the new regulations, these restrictions have been removed, and home and mobile internet service providers (ISPs) will no longer have greater disclosure requirements about hidden fees, data caps, and differential connection speed by price. The FCC and FTC will now have shared jurisdiction over internet service providers (ISPs), and states will not be able to override the new Order with legislation of their own. Source: FCC Memorandum of Understanding #348192A1


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