Protecting an Open Internet

The promise of a free and open Internet, where individuals are able to decide for themselves what they see and do online without interference, is a cornerstone of OTI’s policy work. When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) responded to comments from over 4 million Americans and adopted the Open Internet Order in February 2015, we celebrated. The passage of the strongest net neutrality rules in U.S. history represents countless hours of work by OTI to help shape this vital order. Through the work of our Wireless Future Project (WiFu), OTI ensured that the Order applied to mobile wireless networks—closing a loophole from an earlier set of rules—and addressed interconnection for the first time in FCC history.  As the FCC moves toward implementation of the Order, we continue to work to preserve net neutrality: In response to an industry lawsuit against the FCC to overturn the Open Internet Order, OTI formally intervened in the case to defend net neutrality and the FCC’s authority.

OTI also recognizes that an open Internet must be premised not only on net neutrality, but also on a broad suite of policy reforms to ensure that the Internet is affordable and accessible to all. OTI’s work spans a wide range of issues, from modernizing the FCC’s Lifeline program to mergers and set-top box reform, as other levers to address affordability.  Lack of privacy can also be a significant barrier for broadband access - particularly for low-income communities and communities of color. OTI is committed to ensuring that the FCC’s CPNI authority can be leveraged to create an effective consumer privacy framework for Internet access.

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Net Neutrality 

Mergers 

Lifeline

Set-top Box Reform

Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI)

Data Caps