FCC refuses to delay net neutrality rules2015-05-11 10:11 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, Net Neutrality
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has denied petitions from several telecom companies and trade groups asking the agency to delay its Net neutrality rules.The commission has issued an order, according to which 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."
Organizations claim that such a reclassification, would lead to "unrecoverable losses" for broadband providers, and "significant costs" that would hurt consumers. Their biggest fear is that along with reclassifying the internet as a public utility, ISP's would be classified as "common carriers," subject to tighter government control.
At the same time, petitioners - including AT&T, CenturyLink, the American CableAssociation, USTelecom and more - did not complain about the three "bright line" rules that stop providers from blocking legal content, throttling subscribers, and from offering paid prioritization."
"Petitioners allege that because they do not seek a stay of the three bright-line open Internet rules, there is not a sufficient threat of harm to others or to the public interest to warrant denial of their stay requests," the FCC wrote. "Rather, they contend that granting their stay requests would maintain the status quo with respect to their own regulatory status and thereby advance the public interest by providing regulatory continuity and stability and promoting investment."
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