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Why Title II Net Neutrality Directly Conflicts with Consumer Privacy

At best the notions of net neutrality and consumer privacy are somewhat in tension.

At worst, they are in opposition, and harm consumer privacy as happened when the Wheeler-FCC subordinated the goal of what’s best for consumer privacy to the conflicting and overriding goal of what was best for imposing maximal, Title II net neutrality.

Net neutrality and consumer privacy are in tension because they are very different concepts, priorities, and approaches for the handling of information online.

However, the original tension between the FCC’s first concept of net neutrality and consumer privacy was very limited because the Martin-FCC’s 2005 Internet Policy Statement on net neutrality was an extension of the Powell-FCC’s “Internet Freedoms” concept of net neutrality, and both approaches were consumer-first, i.e. very clearly centered around what consumers could expect from the Internet.

What thrust them into the more opposing concepts that they are today?

It was when net neutrality flipped from being primarily a consumer-centric principle to an edge-provider centric principle defined by Google, Amazon, Facebook and Netflix; and from the enforcement of a general broadband nondiscrimination principle, to the preemptive imposition of “the strongest possible,” specific, utility rate regulation framework – i.e. Title II of the 1934 Communications Act -- on a competitive industry that had done nothing wrong to warrant it.

On PBS NewsHour Gigi Sohn & I Discuss End of FCC Broadband Privacy Order

Please see PBS NewsHour’s five minute segment here with Gigi Sohn and I discussing Congress’ rescission of the FCC’s unimplemented broadband privacy order that the Wheeler-FCC majority passed last October by a 3-2 vote.

Congress right to save consumers from net neutrality privacy rules The Hill Op-ed

 

Please see my latest The Hill op-ed: “Congress was right to save consumers from privacy rules imposed under net neutrality.”

Consumer privacy has been the biggest loser from net neutrality proponents’ politicization of privacy.

Pai’s FCC is rebooting broadband facilities competition and 5G investment

 

Please don’t miss my latest The Hill op-ed: “Pai’s FCC is rebooting broadband facilities competition and 5G investment.”

 

It uncovers what is important underneath the focus on Title II net neutrality.

 

Competitive Reality of 5G Threatens Previous-FCC’s Title II Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets it that 5G wireless is a gamechanger for the rationale underlying the Wheeler-FCC’s Title II Open Internet order and net neutrality policy.

Fast-changing markets and new competitive realities are a huge threat to the viability of the previous-FCC’s Title II Open Internet Order and net neutrality policy because they are based on the unsupported and unproven assumption that competitive ISPs command monopoly market power.

FCC Chairman Pai enjoys a plethora of new competitive evidence that enables this FCC to reverse the previous FCC’s Open Internet order, based on recent tectonic market changes, new competitive realities, and Chairman Pai’s return to FCC policymaking based on real world evidence, reason and the law. 

Two years is an eternity in Internet time.

FCC Chair Pai Shows the Mobile World Congress He’s the Un-Wheeler

New Trump FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s keynote speech on “Building the 5G Economy” at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today spotlighted to the communications world that the U.S. FCC is going in a very different policy direction than that of the previous FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who just happens to be speaking at the same event as a private citizen to a break-out session on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

The fact that they are both at the largest communications event in the world delivering starkly divergent messages and visions, on the same day, provides an instructive and illuminating opportunity to juxtapose their contrasting policy approaches.

Why Title II Net Neutrality Defenders Fear a Pro-Consumer Ajit Pai FCC

Defenders of the previous FCC’s Title II Open Internet Order appear afraid to have a free and open discussion about how Title II net neutrality affects Americanconsumers.

Like a poker player’s “tell,” leading Title II net neutrality defenders tellingly resort first to ad hominem attacks in challenging the financial motives of most everyone that is making the pro-consumer case for overturning the previous FCC’s Open Internet order. 

Why are they leading with ad hominem attacks?

As most understand, ad hominem attacks are the refuge of those who know the facts are not on their side of the argument.

Ajit Pai will return pro-consumer focus at FCC – The Hill Op-ed

Please see my new The Hill op-ed: “Ajit Pai will return pro-consumer focus at FCC.”

 

  • It factually rebuts the New York Times’ editorial assessment: “Anti-Consumer Agenda at the FCC.

 

Outdated Telecom Law Poses a Challenge for Agit Pai’s FCC – The Hill Op-ed

Here is my latest The Hill op-ed on How “Outdated Telecom Law Poses a Challenge for Agit Pai’s FCC.”

  • It explains what is NOT a modern FCC.
  • It’s also part 26 of my Modernize Obsolete Communications Law Series. (See below.)

 

 

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