Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Court rules against FCC on net neutrality

When I read the headline, my heart sank. It sounded so alarming that a Federal District Court ruled against the FCC, finding it didn't have jurisdiction to issue net neutrality regulations for broadband providers. Was hearing the death knell for freedom of expression on the interwebs and pondering what price the gatekeepers would now exact for access.

Fortunately, Balkinization eased my fears. Apparently this is a smallish technical issue that can be remedied fairly simply by legal standards. So hope is not lost yet, but all the more reason to keep this issue alive in the public discourse. It's one of those quiet issues that could easily be ceded to the corporations when no one is looking. Which is why the free wheeling internets are so valuable in the first place. Because someone is always watching.

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