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The Network Neutrality Battles that Will Follow Reclassification

Peha, Jon M., The Network Neutrality Battles that Will Follow Reclassification (March 2015). I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2797522

“In 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a new set of network neutrality rules for the Internet. In the process, the FCC declared for the first time that broadband Internet access service is a telecommunications service, which means that the FCC has authority to regulate broadband Internet access services under Title II of the Communications Act. Even if the 2015 Report and Order that reclassifies Internet access withstands the inevitable efforts to overturn it, many of the most important aspects of network neutrality policy have yet to be determined. This paper describes the important next steps in the network neutrality policy debate that will follow the March 2015 Report and Order. The first step is likely to occur in the courts after a legal challenge, and this paper explains why reclassification is consistent with the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The next step will occur at the FCC, because some of the most important policy issues were left unresolved in the 2015 Report and Order. We cannot know the real meaning of network neutrality policy until those issues are decided. Finally, network neutrality policy will be debated in Congress. This paper presents various forms that legislation might take.”

How Prevalent Is Campus Sexual Assault in the United States?

National Institute of Justice – How Prevalent Is Campus Sexual Assault in the United States? by Lisa Fedina, Jennifer Lynne Holmes and Bethany Backes “A review of research from the last 15 years finds that although prevalence rates vary, they all indicate that a substantial number of college students are sexually assaulted. Sexual assault on… Continue Reading

CRS – When Are Violent Crimes Federal Hate Crimes?

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar When Are Violent Crimes Federal Hate Crimes? 06/14/2016 “The shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando has generated interest in the scope of the federal hate crime statute, 18 U.S.C. 249, enacted in 2009. Section 249 establishes two distinct federal crimes. Section 249(a)(1) outlaws violence committed because of the… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Managing for Results, Agencies Need to Fully Identify and Report Major Management Challenges

Managing for Results: Agencies Need to Fully Identify and Report Major Management Challenges and Actions to Resolve them in their Agency Performance Plans, GAO-16-510: Published: Jun 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2016. “The GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) requires agencies to describe their major management challenges and identify associated performance information in their… Continue Reading

LLSDC announces new sources and tools to research the Federal Register and CRF

Via Rick McKinney – “The Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce the availability of two new items on its Legislative Source Book entitled “Sources and Tools to the Federal Register and Sources and Tools to the Code of Federal Regulations. The new websites attempt… Continue Reading

The Cost of ACA Repeal

Urban Institute Study, June 2016- “Six years after its enactment, many are still calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In January 2016, Congress passed a bill for the first time, repealing the ACA without a replacement, but this was vetoed by the president. Because considerable controversy exists among ACA opponents on… Continue Reading

TTIP and Digital Rights

TTIP and Digital Rights Published: 08.06.2015 – “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP – pronounced “tee-tip”) is a draft trade agreement being negotiated between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). This booklet presents the concerns that EDRi and its members have regarding TTIP, such as the lack of transparency in the… Continue Reading

The OPEN Government Data Act Would Open Government Data

EFF – “The Bill Is a Great Step for Government Transparency – The U.S. government has made huge strides in its open data practices over the last few years. Since it launched in 2009, data.gov has become a crucial source for everything from climate and agricultural data to Department of Education records. For the most… Continue Reading

Sunlight Foundation is using IFTTT to make the government more open

“Want to know when the president signs a bill into law? When congress votes on a bill? When a new legislator is representing you? Since 2014, The Sunlight Foundation has been connecting its massive trove of government data to IFTTT, the popular web service that connects things on the internet to other things…For those unfamiliar… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Intellectual Property Rights Violations

Via FAS – Intellectual Property Rights Violations: Federal Civil Remedies and Criminal Penalties Related to Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents, and Trade Secrets. Brian T. Yeh, Legislative Attorney. May 27, 2016. “This report provides information describing the federal civil remedies and criminal penalties that may be available as a consequence of violations of the federal intellectual property… Continue Reading

CRS – Who Is a “Veteran”? — Basic Eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits,

Via FAS – Who Is a “Veteran”? — Basic Eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits, Scott D. Szymendera, Analyst in Disability Policy. May 25, 2016. “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a broad range of benefits to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and certain members of their families. Among these benefits are various types of financial… Continue Reading

The United Kingdom and Imperial Federation, 1900-1939

Mohr, Thomas, The United Kingdom and Imperial Federation, 1900-1939: A Precedent for British Legal Relations with the European Union? (May 27, 2016). Forthcoming Comparative Legal History November 2016; UCD Working Papers in Law, Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05/16. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2785749 “Imperial federation was a movement in the late… Continue Reading