Appeals court will not take up AT&T, Comcast’s case against net neutrality
Broadband internet will remain a utility that the Federal Communications Commission can easily and strictly regulate, so ruled two judges to one in a federal appeals court. The decision tossed out petitions from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other telecom companies challenging the courts’ earlier agreement with the FCC’s declaration.
“We have always expected this issue to be decided by the Supreme Court, and we look forward to participating in that appeal,” said David McAtee II, AT&T’s senior executive vice president, also acting as general counsel for the company.
Internet service providers, providing what is classified as a utility, are subject to rules that prevent them from blocking or impeding delivery of any content to end users — the idea being that all Americans should have minimal barriers to an open internet. The FCC is considering additional privacy protections that would limit the data ISPs can mine and share about their customers.
The decision is 184 pages long.