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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
News Media Information 202 / 418-0500
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
October 22, 2009
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253
COMMISSION SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON DRAFT RULES
TO PRESERVE THE FREE AND OPEN INTERNET
Washington, D.C. -- In the next chapter of a longstanding effort to preserve the free and
open Internet, the Federal Communications Commission is seeking public input on draft rules
that would codify and supplement existing Internet openness principles.
In addition to providing greater predictability for all stakeholders, the Notice is
aimed at securing the many economic and social benefits that an open Internet has
historically provided. It seeks to do so in a manner that will promote and protect the
legitimate needs of consumers, broadband Internet access service providers,
entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses of all sizes that make use of the Internet.
The Commission has addressed openness issues in a variety of contexts and proceedings,
including: a unanimous policy statement in 2005, a notice of inquiry on broadband industry
practices in 2007, public comment on several petitions for rulemaking, conditions associated
with significant communications industry mergers, the rules for the 700 MHz spectrum auction
in 2007, specific enforcement actions, and public en banc hearings. During this time period,
opportunities for public participation have generated over 100,000 pages of input in
approximately 40,000 filings from interested parties and members of the public.
The process today’s Notice initiates will build upon the existing record at the
Commission to identify the best means to achieve the goal of preserving and promoting
the open Internet.