FCC Defends Net Neutrality Rules in Court

FCC Defends Net Neutrality Rules in Court

Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was forced to head back to court and defend the net neutrality rules that have come under challenge from providers keen to overturn the broadband regulations.

That was the third time that FCC was appearing before a federal court to support the net neutrality laws. In particular, they have come under challenge over the set of regulations aimed at preventing favoritism on the internet. Service providers have felt that FCC is being overprotective and that the action might end up undermining their operations.

It is under that understanding they have been pushing FCC to quash the rules or re-negotiate afresh but they have stood their ground insisting on implementation. To help customers understand that very well, New York Times carried a guideline explaining some of the complexities that have seen the court case drag for long. One of the top misunderstandings is on the real meaning of “net neutrality”.

They explained in a blog post; “It’s a lousy name for the idea that traffic for all legal content on the Internet should be treated equally. In practice, that principle has taken shape in F.C.C. regulations that bar Internet service providers from blocking certain websites or making them download slower or faster than others.”

Another point of contention that has come out clearly in the case is how different the new rules are from the old ones. There are those who argue that there is nothing new with them but New York Times explained; “The rules ban blocking and throttling of internet content. They also prohibit “paid prioritization,” the practice by web companies of paying Internet service providers for priority delivery of their sites to consumers. The biggest difference in this set of rules is that the F.C.C. categorized broadband as a utility along with telephone services under a statute known as Title II.”

 

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