DC Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments challenging the rules of the open internet Federal Communications Commission.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images
The Federal Communications Commission has defended its open Internet rules in court Friday, facing off against the telecommunications industry challenged the rules of network neutrality. These rules, originally adopted in February block Internet Provider (ISP) from discrimination web content by creating an Internet “fast strip” and the setting of the download speed to favor or disfavor of web content.
While the DC Court of Appeals prevented the FCC to institute such rules in the past, the Commission, in its open Internet rules, broadband providers classified as a kind of tool, giving the Commission more power to regulate them. FCC considers net neutrality will help to keep the Web service competitive for companies and consumers, free of favoritism and discrimination providers; in contrast, the telecommunications industry claims that the Commission exceeded its authority by inviting government interference and hindering free enterprise in the broadband market.
Lawyers for both sides put their positions for more than three hours of oral arguments. The three-judge panel of the needles lawyers with questions and challenged them with a line of reasoning.
objecting to the FCC, the US Telecom considers that Internet service providers should be classified as an information service like Google, rather than communication services, as a telephone company. As an information service, internet service providers may be less stringent rules, and under this classification, undermines the ability of the FCC to impose net neutrality rules on broadband providers.
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