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Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect

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Jun 11, 2015, 3:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jun 11, 2015, 3:49 PM

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."

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