Net neutrality gets a kick in the teeth

A US court has ruled against the FCC’s Open Internet regulations, putting the future of net neutrality completely up in the air.  

from The United
States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled
in the case of Verizon et al. v. Federal Communications
Commission (FCC),
and it’s bad, bad news for net neutrality. The court struck down the FCC’s Open Internet regulations.

These rules, as the FCC describes them, are there to preserve the
Internet as we know it. Today’s Internet is “open because it uses free,
publicly available standards that anyone can access and build to, and it
treats all traffic that flows across the network in roughly the same
way. The principle of the Open Internet is sometimes referred to as “net
neutrality.” Under this principle, consumers can make their own choices
about what applications and services to use and are free to decide what
lawful content they want to access, create, or share with others. This
openness promotes competition and enables investment and innovation.”
So much for those noble ideas.

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