FCC General Counsel Issues Guidance on the Agency’s Section 230 Authority

On October 21, 2020, Federal Communications Commission (FCC, “Commission” or “Agency”) General Counsel, Thomas M. Johnson, Jr., released a blog where he outlined the FCC’s legal grounds on which the Agency can initiate a rulemaking to interpret Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA). This comes on the heels of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s public announcement indicating that he will initiate such a rulemaking in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s petition for rulemaking.


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