Federal Court Prevents FCC From Implementing Net Neutrality Scheme

In what seems like a massive blow to the net neutrality campaign, a US federal appeals court has declared that the Federal Communication Commission has no authority to force internet service providers (ISPs) into treating all internet traffic in the same manner.

According to the courts ruling, internet service providers can manipulate the internet speeds and traffic, without the fear of any repercussions, in way which is most profitable for them.

Back in 2007, it was found that major US ISPs, like Comcast, where 'shaping' the internet traffic following through their networks. By shaping it means that they were intentionally slowing down particular data packets, in order to reduce the load on their servers, thereby reducing costs.

However, the FCC, which is headed by Julius Genachowski, seemed highly optimistic about its stand for net neutrality and has already started looking for fresh means that might succeed in offering an open-internet for US citizens.

Commenting on the courts decision, a FCC spokesperson said in statement that “Today's court decision invalidated the FCC's approach to preserving an open internet. But the court in no way disagreed with the importance of preserving a free and open internet, nor did it close the door to other methods.”

Our Comments

The court might slow down net neutrality but will not stop it completely. The US government has already committed to rolling out faster internet across the country with or without the help of the private sector which is why it is likely to back Google and others.

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