March 3, 2015

Laura Phillips Quoted in E-Commerce Times

Washington, D.C. partner Laura Phillips was quoted in an E-Commerce Times article titled, “FCC Comes Through on Net Neutrality.”

The FCC has delivered much-anticipated rules pertaining to “Net Neutrality,” voting 3-2 to adopt new open Internet rules.

"The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one, whether government or corporate, should control the free and open access to the Internet," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Both Republican FCC Commissioners opposed the vote, arguing that new taxes and fees would be imposed on broadband because the rules categorize it as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Federal Communications Act.

It remains unclear, however how or if the Universal Service Fund fee, which is imposed on phone bills to fund phone service to rural areas, will apply to broadband.

"The issue of universal service wasn't decided today," noted Laura.

"It's been put off, and it's going to come home to roost later," she said.

To read the entire article, click here.

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