FCC Loses Key Ruling on Net Neutrality

A Federal Court of Appeals has ruled today that the FCC lacks the authority to enforce Internet Neutrality, which would require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

This is a setback for the FCC’s Chairman Julius Genachowski who has steered the FCC to oppose the efforts of ISPs deliberately impeding the speed of protocals like BitTorrent, or blocking Skype because it competes with their other services.

The FCC responded to the ruling vowing their continued commitment to bring net neutrality policies to bear.

Here is the full text of the Comcast vs FCC Court Ruling which is a 36 page document. For the non-legalese version, check out the official Press Release here.

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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (3)

  • Terrible news. How did it come to this? I guess this makes projects like freenet even more important, but I suppose comcast could just block that too.

  • A+ Computer S&R says:


    Though I would share this, there is a letter there that you can personalize and send to the FCC to help the case. Just click “Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality Now ยป” that in under the counter and it will take you there.

  • Todd Welch says:

    This is great news! as a techie who is involved in politics the last thing we want is for the government to get more involved in the tech industry.

    If the government gets involved here you can bet we will see more regulation and less innovation as happens in every other industry. The reason the tech industry has boomed is because the absence of government intervention not because of it.