04.06.2010 0

Is Net Neutrality Dead?

By Adam Bitely –

In a closely watched decision that came out earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in a 3-0 decision that the Federal Communications Commission does not have legal authority to enforce Net Neutrality regulations on Internet Service Providers.

For those that are unfamiliar with Net Neutrality, you should watch this great video from Reason.tv:

The case that the Court ruled on dealt with a 2008 cease and desist order against Comcast from the FCC. The Court ruling could spell the end of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s centerpiece issue. Now, Genachowski will be left to figure out other ways to ram Net Neutrality down the throats of America.

According to CNet News:

“Net neutrality proponents responded to Tuesday’s ruling by saying the FCC should slap landline-style regulations on Internet providers, which could involve price regulation, service quality controls, and technological mandates. The agency “should immediately start a proceeding bringing Internet access service back under some common carrier regulation,” Public Knowledge’s Gigi Sohn said. The Media Access Project said, without mentioning common carrier regulations directly, that the FCC must have the “ability to protect the rights of Internet users to access lawful content and services of their choice.”

Don’t expect progressives to give up on Net Neutrality now because of a court ruling. At this time, more than ever before, we should be keeping a watchful eye on what they do next to sneak these Internet regulations through. Progressives never take no for answer.

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