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Abstract

In March 2015, the Federal Communications Commission reclassified broadband Internet access service providers as “common carriers” subject to obligations under Title II of the Communications Act. One such obligation is to comply with the Act’s section 222 privacy provisions. As a result of reclassification, the Federal Communications Commission claims privacy enforcement jurisdiction over a broad swath of companies that formerly fell within the Federal Trade Commission’s regulatory reach. The Federal Trade Commission and industry players have been outwardly critical of this effect. This Note explores the resulting tension between the two agencies and proposes potential resolutions for it.

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