On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) passed Net Neutrality rules which classify the Internet as telecommunications service, permitting the FCC to regulate Internet providers with what the FCC describes as “light-touch regulatory treatment.” Several customers have contacted Eastex asking what the rules will mean for them. Eastex would like to assure its customers that we do not anticipate any immediate impacts to Internet speeds or quality of service. As a member-owned, not-for-profit telephone cooperative, we continue to be committed to providing the best possible service to our customers. The FCC’s 332-page Order has not yet been released, so it is difficult to predict how the Order might eventually impact Eastex or its customers. Even after the Order is released, appeals, litigation or legislation may follow that determine if and how the Order is implemented. Therefore, it is a shifting landscape.
One can read the documents the FCC has released on this subject here:
FCC News Release: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Wheeler’s Statement: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Clyburn’s Statement: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Rosenworcel’s Statement: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner Pai’s Statement: Word | Acrobat
Commissioner O’Rielly’s Statement: Word | Acrobat
Blog: Process for Releasing Final Order
Otherwise, we recommend directing specific questions to the FCC at http://www.fcc.gov/guides/open-internet or 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY.