FCC Wins, Cable, Telcos Lose on Net Neutrality


CourthouseThe U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia upheld the FCC’s Open Internet order.

The rules went into effect June 12 and prevent Internet Service Providers from blocking or slowing down content speed.

The language means the FCC can regulate Internet service providers as common carriers — essentially legacy telephone companies.

The three-judge panel wrote: “the Commission permissibly found that mobile broadband—like all broadband—is a telecommunications service subject to common carrier regulation under Title II of the Communications Act.”

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the ruling “is a victory for consumers and innovators who deserve unfettered access to the entire Web. … After a decade of debate and legal battles, today’s ruling affirms the Commission’s ability to enforce the strongest possible internet protections – both on fixed and mobile networks – that will ensure the internet remains open, now and in the future.”