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Court Strikes Down FCC's Open Internet Order, Net Neutrality Threatened

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    Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down FCC?s Open Internet Order, Net Neutrality Threatened | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Darrell Etherington - Jan. 14, 2014

    -- In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down the FCC's Open Internet Order. That Order, put into force in 2010 by then-chairman Julius Genachowski, was designed to make it so that broadband service providers couldn't meddle with specific kinds of internet traffic - in other words, they couldn't block certain kinds of online data transmission just because it didn't align with their own goals and financial strategy.


    Media watchdog and advocacy agency Free Press released the following statement about the decision via President and CEO Craig Aaron, condemning it while also acknowledging that the Open Internet Order probably wasn't the best possible solution for enforcing net neutrality:


    "We're disappointed that the court came to this conclusion. Its ruling means that Internet users will be pitted against the biggest phone and cable companies - and in the absence of any oversight, these companies can now block and discriminate against their customers' communications at will.


    The compromised Open Internet Order struck down today left much to be desired, but it was a step toward maintaining Internet users' freedom to go where they wanted, when they wanted, and communicate freely online. Now, just as Verizon promised it would in court, the biggest broadband providers will race to turn the open and vibrant Web into something that looks like cable TV. They'll establish fast lanes for the few giant companies that can afford to pay exorbitant tolls and reserve the slow lanes for everyone else."


    Rad more at: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/14/fcc-open-internet-order-struck-down/
     
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    Dear Verizon, You Don?t Own The Internet?No One Does | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Gregory Ferenstein - Jan. 14, 2014

    -- If Ford built a private toll highway that only allowed Mustangs, Americans would be outraged. Infrastructure is the bloodstream of an economy; if powerful established players controlled roads, telephone lines, and Internet cables, they could favor the highest bidder at the expense of the savvy entrepreneur, choking off the meritocracy that makes market economies so innovative.


    This is precisely why many in the Internet community are up in arms that a U.S. circuit court threw out the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality law, which prevented internet service providers from choosing which websites to favor with faster connection speeds.


    "Most of the great innovators in the history of the Internet started out in their garages with great ideas and little capital. This is no accident. Network neutrality protections minimized control by the network owners, maximized competition and invited outsiders in to innovate," wrote Harvard Law Professor, Lawrence Lessig.


    Verizon and litigants of the the FCC's 2010 Open Internet Order argue that the First Amendment protects their right to decide how to treat content over the Internet lines they paid to distribute. According to Verizon's own legal defense, The Open Internet order violates the "First Amendment by stripping them of control over the transmission of speech on their networks. And it takes network owners' property without compensation."


    Read more at: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/14/dear-verizon-you-dont-own-the-internet-no-one-does/
     
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    President Obama 'remains committed' to net neutrality despite court ruling | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Nathan Ingraham - Jan. 14, 2014

    -- The FCC's Open Internet rules took a major blow today, as a federal appeals court ruled that wireless carriers can make traffic from certain sources run faster than others, or even block services outright. Unsurprisingly, reactions from around the industry and throughout the government are coming quickly, and now the White House is giving its opinion.


    In a statement given to The Hill, a While House spokesperson said that "President Obama remains committed to an open internet, where consumers are free to choose the websites they want to visit and the online services they want to use, and where online innovators are allowed to compete on a level playing field based on the quality of their products."


    The White House also says that it is continuing to review today's ruling and that it will work closely with the FCC and Congress "to preserve a free and open Internet," but how exactly the government will keep today's decision from hurting the concept of net neutrality remains to be seen.
     
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    Spin doctors.

    Comcast, Verizon, and others promise net neutrality ruling won't hurt customers | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Josh Lowensohn - Jan. 14, 2014

    -- The future of net neutrality is a bit dimmer today. Following a landmark decision by a federal appeals court to strike down key parts of the FCC's Open Internet rules, internet service providers and telecommunications companies are scrambling to reassure customers that the internet - as they know it - will continue to work as advertised.


    A barrage of companies including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and others have issued public statements that attempt to calm, and otherwise reassure customers the internet will continue to be "open," "vibrant," and that people will have "unfettered" access to all (legal) parts of it. Those promises could be reevaluated later on down the line, something that makes these statements a time capsule if, and when, any future policy changes are made.


    Verizon - the key instigator against the FCC's rules - spun the opinion, saying the decision will result in "more" innovation and "choices" for consumers:


    Read more at: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/14/5...thers-promise-net-neutrality-ruling-wont-hurt
     
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    This will work its way through the courts and the outcome will be acceptable, I don't know if this court got it right or not but I do know it is a matter for the courts. I won't lose any sleep worrying about this at all.
     
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    Yes because we all know that the court system is always fair and balanced and and always make the right decision like making it illegal for people to unlock phones they own.
     
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    Senators urge the FCC to resurrect net neutrality | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Jacob Kastrenakes - Feb. 11, 2014

    -- A group of senators have issued an open letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to quickly reinstate net neutrality rules. The FCC's protections on net neutrality were struck down by a federal court last month due to what was effectively an issue with their wording - not their intentions - allowing internet providers to begin discriminating between different content sent over their networks. The senators don't suggest how the FCC go about implementing new rules, but in a rebuke of its major folly, they write that the new rules "must stand on strong legal footing to withstand judicial scrutiny."


    Read more at: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/11/5...eutrality-protections-by-senators-open-letter
     
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    FCC chairman says a plan to restore net neutrality rules is coming soon | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Josh Lowensohn - Feb. 11, 2014

    -- After last month's landmark decision by a federal court to strike down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet rules, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler now says the group is working to bring them back.

    In a speech yesterday at the University of Colorado Law School, Wheeler said he will soon be "outlining" a plan to bring back provisions that required internet service providers to treat all types of internet traffic equally. That's if a federal court agrees, notes CNET. Wheeler told the audience that the DC Circuit Court of Appeals invited the FCC to "act to preserve a free and open internet," and that his plan to do that would arrive in the "coming days."


    See more at: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/11/5...o-restore-net-neutrality-rules-is-coming-soon
     
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    I may be late into this discussion, but I am losing sleep over this. Fair, equal access to the Internet is crucial. I view the net as a common carrier (I.e. Think telephone) and as such it does not carry services like Netflix or others. We "call" those services and access their signal just like we call our mother or sister and access their signal. This is entirely different than cable where a service like CNN is presented to us to use/view as part of a subscription. We should be very active in petitioning various supporters of Net Neutrality to continue the fight in front of the courts to overturn the DC court decision, which at best is a minor hiccup in the court road to a decision. We can't rest on this. The courts got it all wrong when deciding on the FCC decision to allow cable operators the all or nothing subscription right to their packages instead of allowing customers the right to choose the services that they would subscribe to. The only thing that the courtFCC ever got right was the demand that the every cable operator had to offer the absolute minimum package of about 10 or so channels of the broadcast channels in the area for a minimum fee without any subscription channels forced upon subscribers. FIGHT THE FIGHT for Net Neutrality. The Net is a Common Carrier.
     
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    FCC Won?t Appeal Net Neutrality Ruling, Seeks Diplomatic Way To Keep Internet Open | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Gregory Ferenstein - Feb. 19, 2014

    -- The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comment on how to keep the Internet open and accessible to all. The agency's outreach is in response to a recent U.S. circuit court decision that threatened a law ("net neutrality") that prohibits Internet Service Providers, such as Verizon, from charging Internet companies for faster websites.

    The law is of paramount concern to the web industry, especially Netflix, which fears that forcing websites to pay more money for faster service will both raise costs on multimedia websites and prevent savvy startups from competing with their well-funded established competitors.

    Today, the FCC announced it will not appeal the court's ruling, nor will it immediately exert its controversial authority to reclassify the Internet as a type of "common carrier," which would have allowed it to maintain net neutrality. An aggressive move to reclassify the Internet as a kind of household utility would exacerbate an ongoing war with Republicans who think the federal agency is overstepping its authority.

    Instead, it's seeking open comment and researching a new way forward.


    See more at: http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/19/fc...g-seeks-diplomatic-way-to-keep-internet-open/
     
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    The FCC's new net neutrality plan draws skepticism, pessimism, and fear | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Adi Robertson - Feb. 19, 2014

    -- Earlier today, FCC head Tom Wheeler revealed the skeleton of a plan to bring back net neutrality, calling for the commission to consider rules that would replace the now-gutted Open Internet Order. Wheeler has chosen to color within the lines of January's court ruling, building on some limited authority the FCC now officially holds under a rule called section 706.

    As before, the policy is meant to make sure wired broadband carriers can't block or discriminate against legal services, and that they disclose their network traffic shaping policies publicly. This announcement has been awaited for weeks. Reactions from telecoms, members of Congress, and activists started coming in immediately, and they're mixed at best.


    See more at: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/19/5...vists-weigh-in-on-new-fcc-net-neutrality-plan
     
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