The repeal of net neutrality laws by FCC was lawful, but states can set own rules

In a long awaited decision the Appellate court for Washington, DC has decided in Mozilla v. FCC (2019) that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had the authority to reclassify internet service providers as “information services” rather than “common carriers” under Title I of the Telecommunications Act, meaning that repeal of net neutrality laws was lawful. In its decision, however, the court rules that the FCC had overstepped its authority when it barred states from adopting open-Internet protections of their own. The states therefore have the authority to adopt their own net neutrality regulations. The court further pointed out that the FCC insufficiently evaluated public safety implications of the net neutrality repeal.