FCC asks court to delay oral arguments in case that could restore net neutrality rules

17 Jan 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked court to postpone oral arguments, that are scheduled for 1 of February, in a case that will rule on a challenge to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality rules. As the FCC is partially shut down since 22 of December, 2018, the commision filed a motion asking to delay oral arguments in this case. But the appeals court denied the motion and the oral arguments will go on as scheduled on 1 of February.


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The Internet’s success lies in its design, which is based on the principle of net neutrality. From the outset, the flow of all the content on the Internet was treated without discrimination. New entrepreneurs did not need permission or market power to innovate on the Internet. With the development of new digital services, especially the ones consuming high bandwidth such as high-quality video streaming, some Internet operators (telecom companies and ISPs) started prioritising certain traffic – such as their own services or the services of their business partners – based on business needs and plans, justifying such an approach with a need to raise funds to further invest in the network. Net neutrality proponents strongly fight back such plans arguing this could limit open access to information and online freedoms, and stifle online innovation.


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