– In a blow to supporters of "net neutrality," a federal appeals
court ruled on Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does
not have authority to regulate the treatment of content running through
broadband networks. Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the FCC who was
appointed by President Obama and formerly worked as a local venture capitalist,
has pledged to force broadband companies to treat all content passing through
their networks on an equal basis.
Large media and Internet companies have been
supportive of "net neutrality," but broadband networks have argued
that they should be able to control the speeds and content that flow through
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Tuesday in
favor of Comcast, saying that the FCC had not been granted the power by
Congress to regulate the broadband networks in such a manner.
could also affect certain parts of the FCC’s recently announced National
(PDF: D.C. Circuit ruling)