UPDATE October 28, 2020: ALA Decries Latest FCC Failure on Net Neutrality (via ALA)
From The Hill:
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines Tuesday to reaffirm its order rolling back net neutrality regulations in response to a request from the courts.
The commission voted 3-2 in a decision reaffirming the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, with Chairman Ajit Pai (R), who voted with the majority, arguing the order promotes public safety and facilitates broadband infrastructure deployment.
The order voted on Tuesday leaves FCC’s net neutrality position unchanged, but it responds to issues raised by the D.C. Circuit Court in a case reviewing the 2017 order.
In a ruling last year, the court asked the FCC to evaluate the order’s impacts on public safety, its effect on the ability to regulate pole attachments and its effect on the ability to support broadband.
More From Bloomberg Law:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last year asked the FCC to consider how the repeal affects public safety, the Lifeline program that helps low-income Americans pay phone bills, and its authority to regulate the attachment of telecom equipment to utility poles.
The court mostly upheld the agency’s repeal of net neutrality rules that required broadband providers to treat all internet traffic equally.
Democrats accused the GOP-led FCC of doubling down on its net neutrality.
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