Monday, April 12, 2010

Federal Court Ruling Strikes a Major Blow to Net Neutrality

A federal appeals court for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to require internet providers to treat all traffic flowing over their networks equally. Since that is the very essence of what Net Neutrality would be, it has been effectively blocked unless that decision is appealed or a law is passed.

"A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission and could even hamper the government's plans to expand broadband access in the United States.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC lacks authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks. That was a big victory for Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, which had challenged the FCC's authority to impose such "network neutrality" obligations on broadband providers.

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