This scheme concerns formal open internet complaints. Complaints in this scheme involve the blocking of or discrimination against lawful content by internet service providers. Hearings are first held within the Market Disputes Resolution Division of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. The regulations and website do not state who presides at hearings, but it appears the Chief or Deputy Chief of the Market Disputes Resolution Division presides at most hearings and issues orders/opinions. However, after reviewing the pleadings, the Commission (or its designee) may, in its discretion, designate any proceeding or discrete issues arising out of any proceeding for an adjudicatory hearing before an administrative law judge. Dissatisfied parties may apply for review by the Federal Communications Commission.
|Level||Name of Office||Sub-Agency/Bureau/Division:||Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at this stage?|
Market Disputes Resolution Division
Yes (All Types of Cases)
Appeal Level 1