NET NEUTRALITY: The Internet is a public utility ruling headed to the Supreme Court which doesn’t get the Internet!

16 June 2016 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

“For the third time in seven years” the DC Circuit Court of Appeals was confronted with “net neutrality—the principle that broadband providers must treat all internet traffic the same regardless of source”  and the New York Times’ article about the June 14, 2016 ruling says it all – “Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury.”  The court’s opinion was 184 pages which included a 69 page dissenting opinion, and the New Times went to say of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Net Neutrality rules:

The decision affirmed the government’s view that broadband is as essential as the phone and power and should be available to all Americans, rather than a luxury that does not need close government supervision.

However my friend David McAtee II (AT&T Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel) immediately said:

We have always expected this issue to be decided by the Supreme Court and we look forward to participating in that appeal,…

But given questions from the US Supreme Court about the Internet in the past there is no way to predict the outcome of Net Neutrality at this point.

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