The Wall Street Journal: Net neutrality rules to go into effect as court denies stay
A U.S. appeals court denied a telecom industry request for a stay of the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules, clearing the way for them to go into effect Friday.
The regulations were approved in February after months of public and political controversy capped by President Barack Obama’s public intervention last fall in support of the change. The FCC will now oversee broadband providers under the same, more restrictive authority used to regulate phone service as a public utility.
The immediate impact of the rules may not amount to much, as the commission has pledged to use a light touch, while the cable and telecom industries broadly agree with the basic principles of not blocking or degrading Internet traffic selectively. But the shift could have longer term implications for the oversight of companies that are betting more heavily on Internet service for their future growth and profits.
In its brief order Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the U.S. Telecom Association hadn’t “satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review.”
The decision won’t head off a court challenge of the rules, however. The appeals court granted a request for expedited consideration of the case, which both sides had requested.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.