Just In Time For the Holiday, The Actual Net Neutrality Rules From The FCC

The FCC has issued the rules. You can read them here.

The actual substantive rules are quoted below.

Substantive Rules

 

Part 8 of Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations is added as follows:

 

PART 8 – PRESERVING THE OPEN INTERNET

 

Sec.

8.1Purpose.

8.3Transparency.

8.5No Blocking.

8.7No Unreasonable Discrimination.

8.9Other Laws and Considerations.

8.11Definitions.

 

AUTHORITY: 47 U.S.C. §§ 151, 152, 153, 154, 201, 218, 230, 251, 254, 256, 257, 301, 303, 304, 307, 309, 316, 332, 403, 503, 522, 536, 548, 1302

 

§ 8.1Purpose.

 

The purpose of this Part is to preserve the Internet as an open platform enabling consumer choice, freedom of expression, end-user control, competition, and the freedom to innovate without permission.

 

§ 8.3Transparency.

 

A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service shall publicly disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its broadband Internet access services sufficient for consumers to make informed choices regarding use of such services and for content, application, service, and device providers to develop, market, and maintain Internet offerings.

 

§ 8.5No Blocking.

 

A person engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management.

A person engaged in the provision of mobile broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block consumers from accessing lawful websites, subject to reasonable network management; nor shall such person block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services, subject to reasonable network management.

 

§ 8.7No Unreasonable Discrimination.

 

A person engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service.Reasonable network management shall not constitute unreasonable discrimination.

§ 8.9Other Laws and Considerations.

 

Nothing in this part supersedes any obligation or authorization a provider of broadband Internet access service may have to address the needs of emergency communications or law enforcement, public safety, or national security authorities, consistent with or as permitted by applicable law, or limits the provider’s ability to do so.

 

Nothing in this part prohibits reasonable efforts by a provider of broadband Internet access service to address copyright infringement or other unlawful activity.

 

§ 8.11Definitions.

 

(a) Broadband Internet access service.A service by wire or radio that provides the capability to transmit data to and receive data from all or substantially all Internet endpoints, including any capabilities that are incidental to and enable the operation of the communications service, but excluding dial-up Internet access service.This term also encompasses any service that the Commission finds to be providing a functional equivalent of the service described in the previous sentence, or that is used to evade the protections set forth in this Part.

 

(b) Fixed broadband Internet access service.A broadband Internet access service that serves end users primarily at fixed endpoints using stationary equipment.Fixed broadband Internet access service includes fixed wireless services (including fixed unlicensed wireless services), and fixed satellite services.

 

(c) Mobile broadband Internet access service.A broadband Internet access service that serves end users primarily using mobile stations.

(d) Reasonable network management.A network management practice is reasonable if it is appropriate and tailored to achieving a legitimate network management purpose, taking into account the particular network architecture and technology of the broadband Internet access service.

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