“Secretive” Obama White House effort to sway FCC decision-making on the issue

Judicial Watch Sues for Records about Obama White House Involvement in FCC’s Decision to Regulate Internet


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(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking records of the Obama White House’s influence in the FCC’s decision to reclassified broadband Internet as a public utility so that it could impose its restrictive net neutrality regulatory rules (Judicial Watch v. Federal Communications Commission (No. 1:17-cv-00933).

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the FCC failed to respond to two FOIA requests.

On March 30, 2017, Judicial Watch requested:

  • All records or communications discussing or analyzing the desirability of a “two-sided market” for broadband internet services from an economics or public policy standpoint.

The time frame of this request was identified as March 28, 2015, through March 30, 2017.

On April 4, 2017, Judicial Watch requested:

  • All emails between any FCC Commissioner, manager, or employee and Tom Power [formerly U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications in the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Office (until December 2014) and currently Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the U.S. wireless communications industry group CTIA].
  • All emails between any FCC Commissioner, manager, or employee and R. David Edelman [former Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic and Technology Policy].

The time frame of this request was identified as April 15, 2014, through January 20, 2017.

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