April 13, 2021

Report: DC Circuit Court of Appeals Court Upholds Net Neutrality Repeal But Rules FCC Can’t Block State Laws

UPDATE: ALA Releases Statement re: Today’s Net Neutrality Ruling

From The Hill:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday delivered a mixed ruling for net neutrality supporters and opponents alike, allowing the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 repeal to stand but striking down a provision blocking states from implementing their own open internet rules.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals also ordered the FCC to revise the repeal order to take into consideration other issues, like the effect that it will have on public safety.

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From Reuters

The decision was a setback to the Trump administration’s efforts to reverse rules adopted under President Barack Obama in 2015 which barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the decision affirmed the FCC’s “decision to repeal 1930s utility-style regulation of the Internet. A free and open Internet is what we have today. A free and open Internet is what we’ll continue to have going forward.”

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See Also: Coverage From The Washington Post

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Statements and Reactions

FCC Commissioners

Senator Markey Pledges Continued Fight for Net Neutrality, Will Work with States and in Congress to Protect a Free and Open Internet

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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