Thursday, April 08, 2010

Court Rules Against FCC's Internet Authority

A couple of weeks ago we published a blog post about how Internet service providers were challenging the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) authority to regulate the Internet (see "ISPs Challenge FCC's Internet Authority," 3-25-2010). On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the FCC does not have authority over network management practices (Comcast Corp. v. Federal Communications Commission, no. 08-1291). An article in the Washington Post ("Court Rules for Comcast over FCC in 'Net Neutrality' Case," 4-27-2010) suggests that this court ruling could hamper other FCC initiatives concerning Internet regulations.

Who knows how this ruling will affect customer Internet access in the coming months and years? Here are some decision-makers' comments and actions following the court ruling:

For additional resources, see our previous blog post on this subject and our guide to telecommunications.

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