• On April 23, 2012, the parties to the Open Internet appeal filed a joint motion with a proposed briefing schedule. The parties are requesting that briefing start on July 2, 2012, with a joint Verizon/MetroPCS brief, a shorter separate brief for MetroPCS, and a separate brief for Free Press. The parties seek separate briefs on the ground that Verizon and MetroPCS argue the Open Internet rules went too far, while Free Press will argue they did not go far enough. The separate MetroPCS brief deals with a smaller issue on data roaming to which Verizon and MetroPCS hold opposing opinions in other litigation. The FCC and United States would file September 10, 2012. Intervenors would submit briefs on October 3, 2012. Petitioners’ reply briefs would be due October 24, 2012. Final briefs providing citations to the appendix would be due November 21, 2012. The Court has not yet adopted this schedule. Verizon Wireless v. FCC, Case No. 11-1355 and consolidated cases (D.C. Cir.).
  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) should release the list of applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) today, April 30, 2012. The application window closed April 12, 2012. If ICANN receives an “overwhelming number of applications,” it may postpone publication of the list of strings. ICANN’s announcement is available here.
  • On April 4, 2012, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requested comment on its proposal “to add 12 questions to the U.S. Census Bureau’s October 2012 Current Population Survey (CPS) in order to gather reliable data on broadband (also known as high-speed Internet) use by U.S. households.” The questions are intended to gauge progress on President Obama’s goal of universal, affordable broadband access for all Americans and to identify problem areas. Comments are due June 4, 2012. The Federal Register notice is available here.