FCC Ruling

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In a ruling that could reshape the way you access online content, a federal appeals court today set aside Federal Communications Commission rules designed to ensure that all internet content be treated equally. Today's decision empowers internet providers to decide which internet services - like Netflix, YouTube or Google - they will allow you to access.  In some cases, it will allow internet service providers to demand payment from internet companies for allowing their services to be seen.  It’s much like cable and satellite TV companies currently do with some TV stations and networks.  Advocacy groups like Public Knowledge called the ruling a disappointing loss for internet users.   The FCC is reviewing its options - including an appeal.

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