The requests to delay net neutrality rules of various broadband providers and trade groups was denied by the US Federal Communications Commission.
On March 12, the Federal Communications will publish its Open Internet order, rules designed to protect net neutrality.
A group of organizations, involving AT&T, CenturyLink, USTelecom, and wireless trade association CTIA had asked the FCC to delay the implementation of its Open Internet order, arguing that reclassifying broadband as a service is against the public interest. However, the FCC is fighting back.
Last Friday the Commission issued an order that states its classification of broadband internet as a telecommunications service “falls well within the Commission’s statutory authority, is consistent with Supreme Court precedent, and fully complies with the Administrative Procedure Act.”
The petition had dispute, particularly the reclassification, stating that it would lead to “unrecoverable losses” for broadband providers, and “significant costs” that would upset consumers. Some of the FCC’s rulings were more acceptable to the petitioners, though, the organizations did not protest about the three “bright line” rules that stop providers from blocking legal content, throttling subscribers, and from offering paid prioritization.
The FCC has to get its rulings through court while the petition is on hold. FCC head Tom Wheeler is confident that the Open Internet order will go through, bringing in a new and fairer set of rules for the internet. Nevertheless, his commission’s success in striking this petition down is just one battle of many to come.