The FCC re-classifies in response to Comcast

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in May 2010

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Last month, Comcast won its appeal in a federal appeals court in D.C. against the FCC’s attempt to require network neutrality. As predicted by some, the FCC is proceeding with plans to reclassify broadband providers, and thus escape the ruling entirely.


Note: this post is from 2010. Evaluate with care and in light of later events.

Coax 1 - LightLast month, Comcast won its appeal in a federal appeals court in D.C. against the FCC’s attempt to require network neutrality. As predicted by some, the FCC is proceeding with plans to reclassify broadband providers, and thus escape the ruling entirely:

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has decided to reregulate Internet lines to protect net neutrality, siding with consumer groups and Internet companies worried that Internet providers have too much power.

via FCC to Overhaul Regulation of Internet Lines – WSJ.com.

Is this good for consumers? Good for business? We’ll have to see. At the very least, it means that Obama’s FCC is not interested in simply maintaining the status quo.