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Repeal of U.S. Net Neutrality and What it Could Mean for South-East Asia

On 14 December 2017, the United States Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") voted to repeal the net neutrality regulations set in place during the Obama administration in 2015 ("2015 Regulations").

Net neutrality generally refers to network providers treating all sources of Internet content equally as well as consumers’ rights to access content and services on the Internet on a non-discriminatory basis. Generally, this means that Internet Service Providers ("ISPs") should not be allowed to block legal content of a consumer’s choice, throttle legal internet traffic to slower speeds or sell “fast lane” services to content providers who can pay more than others. Effectively, net neutrality seemingly creates a more level playing field for businesses.

This Update provides a summary of the changes to the United States’ position on net neutrality, followed by our comments on the potential impact of the FCC decision to the net neutrality policies in certain parts of South-East Asia.

e-Lelong and Construction Adjudication in the Rules of Court

The Malaysian Courts' Rules Committee has just issued the Rules of Court (Amendment) 2018 amending the Rules of Court 2012 (the "Amended Rules"), which contains the rules governing High Court and Subordinate Courts proceedings in Malaysia.

The highlight of the Amended Rules concerns mainly 2 areas: (i) the new web-based platform for Court auctions known as e-Lelong; and (ii) the procedures in respect of applications to set aside, stay and enforce adjudication decisions in respect of the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012.

Intellectual Property Case Updates