DC Circuit struck down FCC 'net neutrality' rules

On April 6, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lacked authority to require broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic equally. The appeal was brought by cable giant Comcast to review whether the FCC has the authority to enforce its newly-developed "net neutrality" regulations. The concept of net neutrality, supported unanimously by the FCC commissioners, is to allow for the open flow of information over the Internet, regardless of the amount of revenue generated by the information. The appeals agreed with Comcast, holding that the FCC failed to show that it had the authority to impose "net neutrality" restrictions on broadband providers.

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