U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Push
An appeals court today ruled that the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules are invalid. The FCC pushed through rules several years ago that force broadband companies to treat all internet traffic equally. It means companies such as Verizon Communications, the appellant in this case, cannot favor some traffic over others. The U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., said the FCC doesn't have the authority to issue such mandates. The order reads, in part, "Even though the Commission has general authority to regulate in this arena, it may not impose requirements that contravene express statutory mandates. Given that the Commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the Commission from nonetheless regulating them as such. Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order." The ruling could have a large effect on how broadband companies, both wired and wireless, run the internet.
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
Jun 14, 2016
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
Mar 6, 2018
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.
Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect April 23
Feb 22, 2018
The FCC today published its "Restoring Internet Freedom" rules governing net neutrality in the Federal Register. Per the filing, the agency will repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules effective April 23.
Net Neutrality Rules Officially Expire Today
Jun 11, 2018
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
FCC's Net Neutrality Reversal to Go Into Effect Thursday
Feb 20, 2018
The FCC is prepared to publish its order abolishing Obama-era net neutrality rules in the Federal Register on Thursday, the last act needed to put the change into effect. The rules will be made public in their final form on Wednesday, according to an unnamed source cited by Reuters, and will appear in the Federal Register the following day.
If Congress were competent
But as it stands, government is incompetent at every level. And the courts have no qualms about legislating from the bench when it serves the interests of some powerful lobby and helps to erode the power of the Constitution. Their reservations about overstepping their bounds only come into play when Americans are fighting for their rights.
Fascism in America
This is what happens...
Seriously though, isn't there a concept of "you're not qualified to make these decisions" in the courts somewhere?
What's next, network engineers presiding over court cases? lol.
Here be danger; that the broadband service provider can selectively provide service. All the facebooking and youtube speed you could want - wait, you want to use wikipedia or share music with peers? Non-commercial purposes? 50kbps for you.