Monthly Archives: November 2016

Internet Consumer Privacy:
Beyond the Dome, You’re the Product

consumer-privacy-data stalker

The FCC has been busy; essentially creating an Internet Consumer Privacy Dome: It classified the Internet as telecommunications, giving itself oversight and rule making ability for the Internet It mandated an open Internet, to ensure equal and fair access to content regardless of the provider It enacted consumer privacy and security rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that reflect those of telecommunication carriers. A Bit of Irony No matter what ISPs do to provide Internet… Read more »

What We Can Expect: Federal Support for Rural Broadband Deployment

As discussion continues about Rural Broadband Deployment in New England and Nationwide, it’s useful to keep up with opportunities that exist to fund expansion from existing revenue sources.  Recently, an effort has been underway to realign support mechanisms that have to date been employed to support rural landline telephone service, deploying them instead to encourage investment in Rural Broadband deployment.  This funding, taken from a program called the Universal Service Fund, was directed to two… Read more »

FCC and Consumer Internet Privacy II: What the Order Doesn’t Mandate

Last week we tackled the first part of the FCC Order regarding  Internet consumer privacy.  We’ve been through all of the ISP ‘Musts’, today we’ll review the ‘Shoulds’ and what the order does not cover.  No Pay to Play for Internet Privacy ISPs should not force subscribers to pay inflated prices in order to maintain their privacy.  The Commission will conduct a case-by-case review, as providers are required under the order to disclose plans for… Read more »

Internet Consumer Privacy, the Most Recent FCC Order

Peter Wheeler FCC Internet Privacy

This past spring we discussed net neutrality and dissected the FCC notice of proposed rule-making regarding net neutrality and consumer privacy. On October 27th the FCC voted to approve an order enacting significant rules to protect Internet consumer privacy. A fact sheet provided by the FCC states, “…..give consumers the tools they need to choose how their Internet service providers (ISPs) use and share their personal data.” Why This Order: The FCC, ordered by Congress,… Read more »