FCC's Net-Neutrality Rules Upheld by Federal Court

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a panel of 3 federal judges in the D.C. Circuit of the US Court of Appeals has ruled 2 to 1 in favor of upholding the government's net neutrality rules. The decision is a means to ensure a level playing field for internet providers to treat all content coming across their networks equally, the Journal states, without blocking or slowing competitors or speeding up the content of those who pay. It also means the FCC has sufficient basis to impose utility-style regulations on broadband services.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the ruling a victory for consumers and innovators and continued that "it ensures the internet remains a platform for innovation, free expression, and economic growth."

The appeals court had twice previously rejected the FCC’s appeals to impose the neutrality rules on internet providers; the rules were put in place in 2015.

Cable and internet companies opposed to the rules argue they would suppress investments in their industry and slow the transition to the next wireless generation of 5G.