Today’s court ruling invalidating the anti-blocking and anti-discrimination rules in the Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet Order was not a surprise to observers who were aware of one inconvenient fact—the FCC really screwed this one up.
The commission’s intent was noble.
Its order laid down network neutrality rules making it illegal for Internet service providers to block services or charge content providers for access to end users.
For example, the order would prevent Verizon from giving Netflix a faster path to consumers in exchange for payment. It would also prevent Verizon, or similar companies, from blocking rival telephone or video services that compete against its own offerings.
Verizon challenged the order and got a big victory today in a ruling (PDF) by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.