FCC Wins Meaningless Victory in Net Neutrality Case
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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a petition to rehear a case that upheld the legality of the net neutrality rules put in place by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. The ruling reaffirms that the net neutrality rules are lawful.
The irony in the ruling is that the FCC no longer plans to enforce its own net neutrality rules. The new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has made clear his intention to roll back those rules.
The Internet service providers (ISPs) who brought the original case have the option of appealing to the Supreme Court, but it is unclear that they are interested in doing so in light of the changes at the FCC. TechFreedom, a libertarian think tank opposed to the net neutrality rules, said that it does plan to appeal the most recent decision.