The FTC & FCC Team Up to Regulate The Internet & Enforce Net Neutrality





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Today the FTC and FCC announced joint partnership to enforce Net Neutrality and regulate the internet. For years, the argument has been about who has what control over the internet to regulate it, the FTC or FCC. Now, the two sides will work together to enforce rules for internet providers.

“Consumers do not want their broadband provider cutting sweetheart deals, with fast lanes for some services and slow lanes for others. They do not want their providers engaging in blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.  “If consumers have problems, they expect the Nation’s expert authority on communications to be able to respond.  Now we can.  In partnership with our colleagues at the FTC, we will protect consumers and ensure internet openness, defend national security, and monitor network resiliency and reliability.  I thank Chair Khan and her team for their leadership and cooperation in protecting consumers.”

“The FTC is squarely focused on protecting Americans from illegal business tactics, from tackling AI-enabled voice cloning fraud to fighting the scourge of robocalls. We look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with the FCC,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan. “Effective law enforcement requires targeting the upstream actors enabling unlawful conduct, and having the FCC as a partner here will be critical.”

Even though internet services have been reclassified as Title II common carrier services, the full impact of net neutrality is still months or years away, as we expect internet providers to sue to stop it. Now, though, the FCC are working together to create a framework to help regulate the internet.

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