US Court Partially Overturns Net Neutrality Regulations
Published on: 14th Jan 2014
By: Simon Davies
The USA's Court of Appeals has partially overturned a regulatory ruling that imposed so called net neutrality rules on internet services in the country.
The regulator, the FCC had imposed the rules that require all internet content to be treated transparently and without bias, but Verizon challenged the order, and secured part of what it wanted.
The Open Internet Order, which was passed in December 2010 only applies to landline internet providers. Mobile networks are still able to moderate internet traffic if they feel the need to.
Verizon has argued that in addition to poor policy making, that the ruling effectively blocks its First Amendment rights.
The court ruled that the FCC had not correctly justified its imposition of net neutrality on the telecoms networks, but has said that the FCC has the general authority to regulate how ISPs treat internet traffic.
In a statement, the Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler said that the regulator "will consider all available options, including those for appeal, to ensure that these networks on which the Internet depends continue to provide a free and open platform for innovation and expression, and operate in the interest of all Americans."
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