The Federal Communications Commission held a workshop on its Open Internet decision for foreign regulators and government officials.  As background, the FCC adopted three basic rules -- grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms, as well as prior FCC decisions -- to preserve the openness of the Internet.  

  1. Transparency -- Fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and terms and conditions of their broadband services;
  2. No blocking -- Fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services; and
  3. No unreasonable discrimination -- Fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic over a consumer's broadband Internet access service.

In recognition that an open, robust, and well-functioning Internet requires that broadband providers have the flexibility to manage their networks -- including but not limited to efforts to block spam and ensure that heavy users do not crowd out other users -- the FCC's "no blocking" and "no discrimination" rules are subject to reasonable network management.

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Agenda

Welcome

Mindel De La Torre, Chief, International Bureau

Presentation on Open Internet

Zac Katz, Legal Advisor for Wireline Communications, International and Internet, Office of Chairman Julius Genachowski

David Tannenbaum, Special Counsel, Office of General Counsel

Audience Questions

Moderator, Mindel De La Torre, Chief, International Bureau

Closing Remarks

Mindel De La Torre, Chief, International Bureau

 

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