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Released: February 19, 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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DA 14-211

Released: February 19, 2014

NEW DOCKET ESTABLISHED TO ADDRESS OPEN INTERNET REMAND

GN Docket No. 14-28

On January 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
vacated and remanded parts of the Commission’s Open Internet rules.1 With this Public Notice, we
establish a new docket within which to consider how the Commission should proceed in light of the
court’s guidance in the Verizon v. FCC opinion.
On December 23, 2010, the Commission released the Open Internet Order, which established
high-level rules requiring transparency and prohibiting blocking and unreasonable discrimination.2 In its
Verizon v. FCC opinion, the D.C. Circuit affirmed the Commission’s authority to regulate broadband
Internet access service and upheld the transparency rule, but vacated the no-blocking and no-
unreasonable-discrimination rules as impermissible common carrier regulation of an information service.3
We stress that under the transparency rule, which remains in full force and effect, broadband
Internet access service providers must continue to disclose the network management practices,
performance characteristics, and terms and conditions of their broadband services.4 The transparency rule
helps consumers make informed choices about their broadband service, and it gives edge providers
technical information that helps them develop their business plans and assess risks.5 Parties may continue
to submit either formal or informal complaints to the Commission regarding violations of the
transparency rule, as described in the Open Internet Order.6 Informal complaints may be filed through
the Commission’s web site;7 instructions for filing formal complaints may be found in the Commission’s
rules.8 Recognizing “the need to resolve alleged violations swiftly,” the Open Internet Order allows

1 Preserving the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 09-191, WC Docket No. 07-52, Report and Order, 25 FCC Rcd
17905 (2010) (Open Internet Order), aff’d in part, vacated and remanded in part sub nom. Verizon v. FCC, No.
11-1355 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 14, 2014).
2 Id. at 17931-51, paras. 43-79. The nondiscrimination rule applied only to providers of fixed broadband Internet
access service. Id. at 17944, para. 68.
3 Verizon v. FCC, No. 11-1355, slip op. at 17, 63.
4 Open Internet Order, 25 FCC Rcd at 17936-41, paras. 53-61.
5 Id. at 17936, para. 53.
6 Id. at 17986-89, paras. 153-159.
7 Filing an Informal Complaint Guide, http://www.fcc.gov/guides/filing-informal-complaint (last visited Feb. 10,
2014).
8 47 C.F.R. §§ 8.12-17.

parties filing formal complaints to request expedited treatment under the Enforcement Bureau’s
Accelerated Docket procedures.9
The court remanded the Open Internet Order to the Commission for further proceedings
consistent with its opinion.10 Accordingly, we establish a new docket in which to consider the court’s
decision and what actions the Commission should take, consistent with our authority under section 706
and all other available sources of Commission authority, in light of the court’s decision.
We welcome comments from interested parties. Comments filed within the next thirty days will
be especially helpful. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing
System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/.

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each
filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding,
filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries
must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be
disposed of before entering the building.

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th
Street, SW, Washington DC 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
The proceeding this Public Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding
in accordance with the Commission’s ex parte rules.11 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).

9 Id. at 17988, para. 158; 47 C.F.R. § 1.730.
10 Verizon v. FCC, No. 11-1355, slip op. at 63.
11 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200-.1216.
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Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter’s written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing
oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission’s ex
parte
rules.
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Carol Simpson, Wireline Competition
Bureau, at (202) 418-2391.
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