By Christine Springer
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s use of the legal authority behind its Open Internet Order today.
This decision is a big win for consumers and businesses. Check out this timeline of Net Neutrality to understand how the whole story unfolded, beginning in 2002.
Essentially, the fight stems from a battle over whether internet service providers can control internet traffic and block websites altogether. As you'll see in the timeline, several ISPs have blocked access to websites, denied blocking or throttling traffic to slow it down, and generally waged an all-out war to control the internet.
This could have resulted in consumers paying more for faster traffic, to unblock websites, or to generally extract more money from consumers.
This has been a long battle between the FCC, ISPs and more recently, activist groups. The FCC definitely felt the pressure from the public, and the President ultimately spoke out in support of net neutrality rules based on Title II.
This is interesting because you can see how the grassroots public pressure shifted the entire discussion around net neutrality. The FCC initially lost the first time around under the law. Then, it passed the Title II Net Neutrality Rules, which were upheld.
Ultimately, this decision affirms that no ISP can block or throttle your internet connection to control your internet experience.