Negotiated Rates for Broadband Telecom Capacity After Verizon

On January 14, 2014 in the Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision (No. 11-1355), the D.C. Circuit held that the strict common carriage standards of Communications Act Title II applied to the FCC’s regulation of broadband telecommunications. This effectively invalidated the agency’s requirement that broadband providers charge all users the same for the same amount of capacity—the “Open Internet Order.”

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