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Anna-Maria Kovacs: "Restoring a Uniform Approach to Internet Freedom" (CED Magazine)

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At its December 14 open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to vote the Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) order. This order will bring uniformity to the protection of American consumers throughout the Internet, aligning the rules for broadband Internet access providers (access providers) with those for edge providers as well as ensuring consistency across all fifty states. The order will reverse the 2015 classification of broadband Internet access as a Title II common-carrier service called a “telecommunications service.” Common-carrier regulation dates back to the Communications Act of 1934, and was designed for monopoly voice telephony, at a time when the Internet did not exist. Read more.