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Do We Want a Neutral Net?

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Posted on April 13 2010 6:07 pm
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by Will Collier

On April 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacked the authority to regulate cable giant Comcast’s internet service. The verdict was the fallout from a long series of FCC rulings regarding Comcast’s policies towards customers it considers “excessive” users of broadband internet. The court’s decision is widely interpreted as deep-sixing the FCC’s recent drive towards requiring net neutrality and other new regulations for internet providers.

The ruling has been either cheered or jeered largely along partisan lines; National Review and the Washington Examiner’s redoubtable Michael Barone both supported the court, citing industry concerns of overregulation as stifling innovation and leading to bandwidth congestion. On the other side, Salon’s Jenn Kepka called for congressional action to overturn the ruling, fearing the potential of ISPs blocking political or commercial sites they disagree with.

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