Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated. The new laws are scheduled to go into effect Friday, June 12, and will reclassify wireless and wired broadband as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This reclassification was the focus of USTelecom's motion to stay. The rules also prohibit internet providers from blocking apps/services, throttling traffic, and forging fast lanes to provide faster speeds to paying apps/services. Internet companies have filed a bevy of lawsuits against the FCC challenging the laws and today's decision is a win for the FCC. The FCC expects its rules to withstand the legal assaults. "This is a huge victory for Internet consumers and innovators!" said Wheeler in a statement. "Starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the internet fast, fair and open. Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the internet are now things of the past. The rules also give broadband providers the certainty and economic incentive to build fast and competitive broadband networks."
First Net Neutrality Case to Reach Court in Early December
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Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
FCC Puts Ombudsman In Charge of Net Neutrality Complaints
The FCC today appointed Parul P. Desai to serve as the Open Internet ombudsperson.
Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
The State of Washington on Monday approved its own set of laws regulating net neutrality after the FCC voted in December to scrap such laws at the federal level. The law bans internet providers from throttling and/or blocking content, and also mandates that they make public their network management policies.