FCC Issues Notice to Clarify Network Neutrality Transparency Requirements

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In a signal that the FCC's network neutrality rules might finally be
heading to the Office of Management and Budget for vetting, the FCC
Thursday released some "clarifications" of how cable operators and other
ISPS are expected to comply with the FCC's network neutrality
transparency rule, adopted as part of its Dec. 21 order.

That
notice was meant to answer questions, and assuage concerns, raised buy
commenters in the FCC's vetting of those reporting requirements, which
it must complete before sending the rules on to OMB for their review of
whether the rules put excessive paper work burdens on industry.

The
Enforcement Bureau Thursday released a set of clarifications addressing
concerns by ISPs about how they were supposed to comply with the
requirements.

The FCC said it was simply providing examples of
what would satisfy the requirement that ISPS disclose information about
their networks, including performance, how they were being managed for
congestion, available capacity as well as pricing, privacy policies and
opportunities for redress.

On the performance issue, the FCC
clarified that the ISPs participating in its broadband performance
measurement project could use that information to satisfy that
requirement. Those operators, which the FCC points out represent over
80% of subs, are AT&T, Cablevision, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast,
Cox, Frontier, Insight, Mediacom, Qwest, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and
Windstream.

Among the other clarifications include that
point-of-sale information can be satisfied by a Web site and does not
require hard copies and staff training. The FCC also clarified that even
though the order says the list of potential disclosure topics is not
exhausted, that addressing the topics listed in the order will
constitute compliance, while reserving the right to change
that--presumably with notice beforehand--sometime in the future.

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