After a series of net-neutrality victories for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in federal court, the agency was handed a significant defeat on Aug. 11, 2016, in the battle for municipal broadband networks.
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) fight for net neutrality got another big boost on Tuesday, as the Washington, D.C., federal appeals court upheld the FCC’s Open Internet rules in a 2–1 decision.
All of those millions of miles of dark fiber are primarily expected to deliver broadband connections. The Internet continues to grow unabated, and bandwidth must be expanded to accommodate that growth.
On the heels of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to reclassify the Internet under Title II of its Telecommunications Act of 1996, it was only a matter of time before opponents officially contested it. They simply had to wait for the appropriate time and venue.
The legal conflict over net neutrality has been the topic of much popular debate since 2010, and, with the latest court decision, some are concerned the existence of a free and open Internet may have come to an end.