Saturday, 03 December 2016

FCC licks its wounds in wake of net neutrality defeat

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Wednesday 15 January 14

U.S. regulator mulls appeal while Verizon, AT&T reiterate commitment to open Internet.

The Federal Communications Commission said all options are on the table, including legal action, after a U.S. appeals court struck down key elements of its net neutrality rules. In a decision reached on Tuesday, the court found that the FCC's Open Internet Order constituted an attempt to impose common carrier obligations – designed to prevent discrimination against lawful Web traffic – on broadband service providers; however, under the Communications Act, broadband providers are classified differently to common carriers and are therefore exempt from these obligations. "Our task as a reviewing court is not to assess the wisdom of the Open Internet Order regulations…

The Federal Communications Commission said all options are on the table, including legal action, after a U.S. appeals court struck down key elements of its net neutrality rules. In a decision reached on Tuesday, the court found that the FCC's Open Internet Order constituted an attempt to impose common carrier obligations – designed to prevent discrimination against lawful Web traffic – on broadband service providers; however, under the Communications Act, broadband providers are classified differently to common carriers and are therefore exempt from these obligations. "Our task as a reviewing court is not to assess the wisdom of the Open Internet Order regulations…

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