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On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with Verizon. The court said the FCC regulations were impermissible because they required broadband providers to serve the public indiscriminately, leaving companies with little or no flexibility over how to manage their networks.

The court also threw out an FCC rule that barred providers from blocking Internet traffic outright.

Verizon wants the ability to charge content companies for faster connections with their end users. The ruling could cause headaches for companies like Netflix Inc., which doesn't want to pay broadband providers extra to deliver its popular movie-streaming service to consumers.

Two of the three judges suggested the FCC might have some room to revive its rules with certain modifications. One possibility would be to classify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service, the designation that has long applied to regular telephone service.

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Well. That was shot all to hell.
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And so it begins continues.

This now allows various ISPs to cripple selected content providers whilst promoting their own interests. For example, Time Warner could charge Netflix, Spotify, YouTube et al. a fortune, effectively preventing them from providing content to people on their ISP, whilst pushing their own subscription based streaming services. I imagine it will reduce flexibility and will raise prices of independent services.
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Once again. The American justice system sides with the highest bidder... sigh.
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WTH.... This is a swift kick to the gonads, with steel toe boots, to EVERYONE except the big ISP's. I understand the court's *logic*, but the practical application of this logic to the real world is akin to making every singe road in the US a toll road, divided up amongst three conglomerate owners, who can choose who they allow on the roads, when, and at what price. It's completely disastrous, and I fully expect/hope big content/search players like Google and Netflix appeal this ruling all the way to SCOTUS.
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Once again. The American justice system sides with the highest bidder... sigh.

Dont worry all pacific rim countries + the UK (the 5 eyes) are in the same mental-ity
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And so it begins continues.

This now allows various ISPs to cripple selected content providers whilst promoting their own interests. For example, Time Warner could charge Netflix, Spotify, YouTube et al. a fortune, effectively preventing them from providing content to people on their ISP, whilst pushing their own subscription based streaming services. I imagine it will reduce flexibility and will raise prices of independent services.

It actually doesn't because the FCC is appealing. See the end of the article. Thx.

That's also not what Mr. Tatel, actually said:
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The appeals court, in a 63-page opinion by Judge David Tatel, spent much of its ruling expressing sympathy for the FCC. The majority opinion said the commission had general power to issue rules on how broadband providers treat Internet traffic. However, the ruling said the FCC's explanations for its rules were "patently insufficient."

Basically when you dumb down the legal jargon it's rather simple: Your definitions are vague and incorrect.

This would be like my asking you: Where is the earth? And you reply "Under me".

You're not wrong but, you're extremely vague.

The same applies here, the internet has grown while the FCC's definition and/or rules for those definitions have stagnated.

This is actually the FCC's fault...Nobody else's. -- Just the Gov't doing what the Gov't does best --> Screwing up.
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The data caps and shady practices are coming!
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It actually doesn't because the FCC is appealing. See the end of the article. Thx.

I read the article, they said that they are considering taking it to supreme court. If they decide that their case is weak then they might not, and instead pursue other avenues.

And it really doesn't matter what the reason for throwing the rules out is, they have been thrown out.
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I read the article, they said that they are considering taking it to supreme court. If they decide that their case is weak then they might not, and instead pursue other avenues.

And it really doesn't matter what the reason for throwing the rules out is, they have been thrown out.

Considering it was a major part of Obama's campaign, I practically guarantee you they're appealing.

Verizon's stock is already starting to tank after the announcement...Which is interesting considering they're the wolves...But, it is what it is.

Above and beyond that, the reason I provided is why it was actually thrown out...Something which, most people will completely ignore: The FCC's guidelines are outdated. In an attempt to overhaul those guidelines, they attached stipulations to existing regulations. Those regulations do NOT apply for the web in it's current state.

The web has evolved FAR BEYOND the FCC's original regulations.

So once again, this is 100% the fault of the FCC not properly updating and/or regulating their own rules.

How do you expect net neutrality in a world where the FCC's definition of the internet is completely based on Dial-Up? -- You don't.

I bet you they overhaul the guidelines/regulations and once CLEAR DEFINITIONS are established, they challenge Verizon once again...Considering the FCC is a Gov't agency, it wouldn't be very hard to change their regulations within the period of an appeal...Although, once again, it is the Gov't.
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