The 3 things you need to know about...Net Neutrality - Here we go again!

March 2017

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The 3 things:

  1. On April 27, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) ahead of its May 2017 open meeting, which proposes to remove the Title II common carrier designation for broadband internet service providers (ISPs) and revisit the need for the internet conduct standard, the bright line rules prohibiting blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, and the amended transparency rule established by the 2015 Open Internet Order.
  2. The NPRM is an important next step toward removing the FCC as the overseer of ISP privacy and the enforcer of net neutrality.  
  3. The FCC will vote and pass the NPRM on May 18. What follows will be  a very public and politically-charged comment period.  Any final rule will likely be subject to a legal challenge (sound familiar?) and - unless Congress decides to act - will result in another long, drawn-out debate over the role of the FCC in policing the internet.

About PwC’s 3Things publication series:

The objective of our 3things series is to highlight three key takeaways from evolving risk and regulatory issues impacting the Technology, Media and ​Telecommunications sectors. Companies in these rapidly evolving industries face increasing market and competitive risks, as well as other internal and financial risks from the challenges of managing their complex - and often global - businesses.​ ​

They are also facing an uncertain regulatory environment, as regulators across the globe grapple with how to effectively implement their policy objectives in an era of unprecedented technological change. As these risk and regulatory issues emerge, we will publish future 3things which aims to provide a timely, concise and practical analyses of the issue.

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