The Divide: Free Press' Josh Stager on the FCC's move to restore Title II oversightThe Divide: Free Press' Josh Stager on the FCC's move to restore Title II oversight
This week: Josh Stager, policy director at Free Press, joins the podcast to discuss the FCC's move to restore Title II rules for broadband providers, and to debunk some of the industry's arguments opposing the proceeding.
At a Glance
- Why Free Press' data suggests Title II has 'no impact' on broadband network investment (09:30)
- Why the FCC's Title II authority matters for national security and public safety purposes (16:00)
- What role the courts may (or may not) ultimately play in upending reinstated Title II rules (18:40)
The FCC last week voted to proceed with a notice of proposed rulemaking for its order on "Safeguarding and Securing the Open Internet" that would officially restore Title II authority over broadband providers and revive net neutrality once again.
That vote now kicks off months of debate, with initial comments on the FCC's proposal due in mid-December, and industry opponents and their lawyers already sharpening their arguments against it. The FCC is expected to adopt the order sometime next year.
On today's podcast, we hear from Josh Stager, policy director at Free Press, a group that has long advocated for Title II rules. Stager shares his thoughts on the importance of the FCC's latest open Internet proceeding and why it matters when it comes to closing the digital divide. He also responds to various arguments industry players have cited thus far in statements opposing the rules, including that a return to Title II will drive down broadband investment.
Here are a few topics we cover in this episode:
Why Free Press supports the FCC's latest "open Internet" order (02:00)
What we've learned from California's net neutrality law (03:47)
Stager's thoughts on FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr's claim that broadband speeds are up and prices down (05:45)
What impact Title II regulations, and their repeal, have had on broadband investment (09:30)
Examples of potential blocking/throttling/paid prioritization (11:13)
Why the FCC's Title II authority matters for national security and public safety purposes (16:00)
What role the courts may (or may not) ultimately play in upending reinstated Title II rules (18:40)
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