Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that the FCC has no authority to order broadband providers to provide "net neutrality" to users. The FCC had made the net neutrality rules a major part of its current platform, believing that cable companies would favor certain providers and users to the detriment of others. But the appellate court sided with Comcast and other cable and Internet providers, finding that the agency does not hav statutory authority to make such rules. Here's a link to the opinion. Here's early reaction from around the blogosphere: from Barron's, from the Wall Street Journal, from MarketWatch, from National Review Online, and from Congress Daily/National Journal.