Appeals court sets aside government regulations designed to ensure equal access to Internet

  • Article by: PETE YOST , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 14, 2014 - 3:51 PM

WASHINGTON — In a decision that could reshape consumers' access to entertainment, news and other online content, a federal appeals court Tuesday set aside Federal Communications Commission rules designed to ensure that transmission of all Internet content be treated equally.

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asdfasdfJan. 14, 1412:36 PM

we might not be to 1984 yet but it this could ge 1982 and ticking...

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swschradJan. 14, 1412:46 PM

what an idiotic ruling. the judges basically said, "stop it because, well, eh, you know. whatever." the beauty of what we old phartes called The Connected Internet is that every packet had an equal chance to find its home, whether you were Joe Modem or the Department of Defense. that's what made the Internet great, any portal could be grand and be noticed based on content. now, whoever pays the most could saturate the wires with "nontent" and the sheep would have to accept it. the FCC needs a vigorous rebuttal to file.

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spottedjagJan. 14, 14 1:18 PM

Internet neutrality is one of the most important issues of our time. If broadband providers can prioritize websites, they can crush small start-ups, hide news articles that they disagree with and basically control what is available to see and people can learn about. This is an appalling ruling, and I hope that it is appealed.

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chanman01Jan. 14, 14 1:26 PM

Everyone, please look into this matter further. Unfortunately, the article posted here is merely a footnote of the entire story. This is NOT a Democrat/Republican thing. It's much bigger than that. This ruling essentially enables corruption and control of the highest magnitudes. Some cable companies have even stated their intention to do so. Please don't be fooled when the cable companies are crying that their bandwidth is being unfairly used by certain individuals (ie: Netflix users). The fact of the matter is our society is being driven (and in some cases requires) to use the internet! The internet cannot be compared to choosing between loaves of bread at the grocery store or buying a car. Most media sources are biased as it is. If this ruling is allowed to stand, our access to commerce and information will be compromised beyond repair. Again folks, this post is not a criticism of anyone else on this site, it's a plea to research this ruling further.

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gjacobJan. 14, 14 1:43 PM

The judges admit this is going to hurt the American people and still ruled in favor of the providers. Terrible.

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ruphinaJan. 14, 14 2:19 PM

Did none of you read the article? The judges made no ruling on whether or not the practice of not being able to prioritize was good or not, they just pointed out that the FCC had it's head up ...... in the sand when they 1st made the ruling that they are not common carriers, then based a rule on the principle that they are. The problem is the blatant disregard for actual written law throughout the government today. They can't have it both ways. If that negates the ability to make this rule, then they either have to rule them common carriers and fix the other rule that made them rule them not common carriers, or heaven forbid, get our do-nothing Senate under Harry Reid to fix it. There would be no court involvement if Congress wasn't so incompetent and lazy. Bill G.

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thurstinJan. 14, 14 2:55 PM

What Verizon means by "more choices" is that if you want all the things you have now you are going to pay dearly for them.

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