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FCC Loses Battle for Net Neutrality

Magazine article Information Management

FCC Loses Battle for Net Neutrality

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may have lost the battle over "net neutrality" because of a recent court ruling, but it hasn't necessarily lost the war.

For some time, the FCC has been trying to ensure free and equal access to the Internet to all content providers, the same as it does for common carriers such as telephone companies. A U.S. appeals court, however, has ruled the FCC has been overstepping its authority because Internet providers are classified as broadband carriers, which are regulated differently.

The reaction to the court's decision has been varied: some have shrugged it off while others worry it could be the end of the Internet as we know it. Still others point out that even though the FCC lost this particular battle, it won an even bigger one because the court reinforced the commission's contention that Congress has given it the authority to regulate the Internet.

"While the court deemed that the FCC's Open Internet rules were based on faulty logic, it gave the agency a blueprint to revise its argument so that the rules would stick," summarized Maggie Reardon in a recent CNet article. …

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