Net Neutrality: Selected Legal Issues Raised by the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order [June 12, 2015] [open pdf - 399KB]
"In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that will impose rules governing the management of Internet traffic as it passes over broadband Internet access services (BIAS), whether those services are fixed or wireless. The rules are commonly known as 'net neutrality' rules. The order was released in March 2015 and published in the federal register on April 13, 2015. The order took effect on June 12, 2015. According to the order, the rules ban the blocking of legal content, forbid paid prioritization of affiliated or proprietary content, and prohibit the throttling of legal content by broadband Internet access service providers (BIAS providers). The rules are subject to reasonable network management, as that term is defined by the FCC. […] This report will discuss the primary legal issues raised by the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order: the FCC's authority to reclassify broadband Internet access services, the FCC's authority to forbear from the imposition of Title II regulations following reclassification, the FCC's authority under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and whether the FCC properly complied with the Administrative Procedure Act."
CRS Report for Congress, R43971
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html