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The US Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality ruling, which prohibited ISPs from blocking or discriminating in online traffic, has been overturned by a new US court ruling.
The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality ruling, which prohibited ISPs from blocking or discriminating in online traffic, has been overturned by a new US court ruling.
In a unanimous decision the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that the FCC had the authority under its current rules to prohibit broadband providers from blocking or throttling websites or applications that do not pay a fee or buy preferential treatment.
The court also ruled that consumers have a legal right to know that they are being protected from “unreasonable” blocking or throttling, or that the ISPs that are behind broadband access restrictions are not engaging in anti-competitive behavior.
“There are substantial reasons to believe that a reasonable operator could not be expected to exercise its editorial discretion and to adopt a policy that would treat some sites more favorably than those which do not generate ad revenue, particularly after the Commission’s prior rules prohibited blocking of the Web,” the court said.
“A broadband provider that were to exercise its editorial discretion in favor of a particular website would have created a ‘chilling effect’ that would dissuade many internet users from using the site that the operator is endorsing. The FCC could, therefore, require that a broadband provider treat all internet traffic equally,” the court added.
According to the FCC, the “net neutrality” court decision is intended to allow the open internet to survive.
“The rules set forth in the 2010 Open Internet Order, and now remanded to us, ensure that broadband customers in every community in America will have access to an open platform for free expression, innovation and economic growth,” FCC chief Mark Swartz wrote in his decision.
“We are disappointed by today’s outcome,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “The Open Internet Order was about protecting consumers and innovators alike from the harm of broadband providers’ blocking, throttling and paid prioritization practices. The court’s decision will protect consumers and foster innovation in the internet marketplace.”
What Is the Right Way for the Government to Get the Information?
The Federal Trade Commission has issued its report on the privacy issues posed by social media platforms.
The FTC explains the problem and offers suggestions on how to ensure information is not collected or distributed without your permission.
For example, Facebook claims they collect a user