This week, the Federal Communications Commission released information about new draft rules for an open internet. This followed the U.S. Court of Appeals decision which struck down the legal path used to implement the original Open Internet rules, but upheld the FCC’s authority to do so under section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, or via reclassification of broadband as a “Title II” service.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would delay implementing an increase in the rate floor for high cost area funding until January 2015. At that point the The FCC will increase the rate floor incrementally instead of increasing the rate floor from $14 to $20.46 for phone service. The FCC will also conduct a new urban rate survey, and it will not apply the rate floor increase for lines with customers using the Lifeline program.
Today, Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report showing a strong connection between federally funded high-speed internet access and the success of small businesses. This report shows that when there are opportunities for fast and reliable internet connections, small businesses have better chances to succeed.
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