The Federal Scene

April updates

04.13.17 – The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy  urged the FCC to delay consideration of the draft BDS order that is on the April FCC Open Meeting Agenda. 

04.11.17 – 56 senators sent a  letterto Chairman Pai and Commissioners O'Rielly and Clyburn to encourage the FCC to consider changes to the high-cost USF mechanisms to make affordable broadband available to Americans in high-cost rural areas.

04.07.17 – 50 House members sent Chairman Pai a letterurging the FCC to ensure that ISPs protect consumer privacy in a manner similar to the FTC privacy policies until the FCC is able to address concerns about the reclassification of broadband as a Title II service. | Press Release

04.06.17 – A number of Democratic senators introduced legislation on April 6, 2017, to reinstate the FCC rules that require internet service providers to obtain consent before sharing their subscribers’ sensitive information and adopt reasonable data security protections. |  Press release

04.03.17 – President Donald Trump signed a bill that revoked the FCC’s 2016 ISP Privacy Order pursuant to the Congressional Review Act. 

News clips

04.27.17  Franken, top Dems blast FCC over net neutrality proposal (The Hill) 
04.27.17  Net neutrality fight descends into trench warfare (The Hill) 
04.26.17  FCC chairman announces start of net neutrality pullback(Politico) 
04.24.17  House Dem calls on FCC chairman to reveal net neutrality plans (The Hill) 
04.20.17  Dem lawmaker: FCC now stands for 'Forgetting Choice and Competition'(The Hill)  
04.19.17  Pelosi urges FCC to reject changes to media ownership rule(The Hill) 
04.18.17  Dems ask FCC to postpone vote on business data reforms (The Hill) 
04.18.17  GOP lawmakers call on FCC chair to soften data services proposal (The Hill) 
04.15.17  GOP rep defends online privacy rollback: ‘Nobody has got to use the internet’ (The Hill) 
04.11.17  Senators press the FCC on rural broadband affordability(The Hill)  
04.07.17  Senate Dem hammers FCC head's reported plan for net neutrality (The Hill) 
04.07.17  House Republicans ask FCC to police internet providers on privacy (The Hill) 
04.06.17  Senate Dems offer bill to restore internet privacy rules (The Hill) 
04.05.17  Fight breaks out over internet privacy repeal at hearing (The Hill)
04.03.17  Trump signs web privacy rollback that Democrats say is anti-consumer (Bloomberg)