January 20, 2022
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Comments [Due]: February 21, 2023
Reply Comments [Due]: March 21, 2023
On December 21, 2022, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to preventing and eliminating digital discrimination of access to broadband. On January 20, 2023, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the comment due dates for the NPRM.
The NPRM, among other things:
- Proposes to define digital discrimination of access and seeks comment on the appropriate legal standard.
- Seeks comment on what services, entities, and practices should be within the scope of its definition of digital discrimination of access (including whether to add disability to the list of characteristics covered by the rules).
- Seeks comment on how to facilitate equal access and combat digital discrimination of access, and the legal authority for adopted rules.
- Proposes to revise the FCC’s informal complaint process to accept complaints regarding digital discrimination of access.
- Proposes to adopt model policies and best practices for states and localities to combat digital discrimination.
Interested parties may file comments by accessing the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings. All filings must reference GN Docket No. 22-69. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.
Public Notice Announcing Due Dates:
Digital Discrimination NPRM:
For general information about the Task Force to Prevent Digital Discrimination, visit https://www.fcc.gov/task-force-prevent-digital-discrimination. For further information on the digital discrimination of access item, contact Aurélie Mathieu, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-2194 or Aurelie.Mathieu@fcc.gov. Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).