bad news / good news when court says FCC can’t require net neutrality

Court Says F.C.C. Cannot Require ‘Net Neutrality’By EDWARD WYATTPublished: April 6, 2010WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt a sharp blow to the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to set the rules of the road for the Internet, ruling that the agency lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

via NY Times

The bad news is that according to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the FCC has little clout in regulating net neutrality.

The good news is:

  1. Congress may want to look even more closely at the Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal. If we don’t have a neutral net, Comcast can slow access to competitors’ content and favor NBC and…
  2. Our legislative branch may finally decide to put a Net Neutrality law on the books.

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