U.S. Appeals Court Kills Net Neutrality

Corporatists of America, rejoice. The Internet monopolists have won.

Any semblance of net neutrality in the United States is as good as dead. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 order that imposed network neutrality regulations on wireline broadband services. The ruling is a major victory for telecom and cable companies who have fought all net neutrality restrictions vociferously for years.

Net neutrality was the set of rules that required Internet service provider (ISP) network management to be transparent, and that prohibited ISPs from engaging in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet.

No more net neutrality means ISPs can now discriminate against content they dislike. ISPs can now force websites to PAY for faster content delivery.

Netflix watchers and BitTorrent users might want to beware — soon your beloved services may not work like they used to. Now that net neutrality’s down for the count, ISPs can discriminate against entire types of traffic: For instance, an ISP could slow or block all peer-to-peer file sharing, or all online video streaming.

…Right now, America’s broadband is slow. It’s slow because ISPs can already make gobs of money by charging the rich a ton for high-quality Internet while leaving the rest of America with subpar (or no) service.

Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs will be able to make even more money off their existing customer base. They won’t need to improve service or bring broadband to rural areas because they’ll be able to keep growing (financially, at least) by charging content providers more for faster delivery and charging customers more for faster access. In all likelihood, Tuesday’s ruling means the problems with America’s Internet will be magnified.

America, your crappy broadband service just got crappier!

UPDATE: CREDO Action: Verizon killed Net Neutrality. But the FCC can save it

Petition: Tell FCC Tom Wheeler: Reclassify broadband as a telecom service, and enact strong Net Neutrality protections.

UPDATE: Netflix warns ISPs: We’ll mobilize our 44 million customers if you slow down our streams

  1. #1 by Ken on January 17, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    Any ISP that attempts to manipulate the Internet in any way will face the wrath of the entire Internet community. The backlash will be severe.

    • #2 by Larry Bergan on January 17, 2014 - 9:42 pm


      How are we even going to prove if somebody is slowing us down? I tried to get on OneUtah about thirty minutes ago and it had our famous DATABASE ERROR message. All they have to say is ‘it must have been some other ISP’

      The old saying, “the revolution will not be televised” can now be updated. The backlash you talk of will have to be held in the streets, won’t it?

  2. #3 by Larry Bergan on January 17, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Verison is hilariously claiming their free speech rights are being trampled.

    Corporations are people and individual’s tongues have been cut out. Don’t worry, Betty Crocker will tuck you in tonight, and then tomorrow – AFTER WORK! – there will be corporate television, radio and internet to instil fear and loathing of the terrorists in the streets till bedtime, when Betty Crocker will tuck you in again.

  3. #4 by Larry Bergan on January 17, 2014 - 10:21 pm

    But there could be a bright side to hope for, because we have a new FCC chairman who HAS to be better then Colin Powell’s son, who wanted to hand the entire operation over to corporations years ago.

    John Nichols knows something about this media stuff, but Ken won’t listen, because he sounds like a lefty in today’s right-wing-crazies world.

    From Nichols article in “The Nation”:

    “The bright side is that the FCC, under the direction of newly appointed chairman Tom Wheeler, now has the opportunity to fix a problem of its own making,” says Casey Rae, interim executive director of the Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians. “It has never been more important to have basic rules of the road preventing ISPs from blocking content delivered over the Internet, regardless of how users connect.”


    “Save the Internet” campaigners say they have been encouraged by Wheeler’s talk about how the FCC must have the ability to protect broadband users and preserve the Internet’s fundamental open architecture.\

    So cheer up! This could actually be an impasse to insure we won’t have to worry so much.

  4. #5 by brewski on January 19, 2014 - 8:43 am

    You just don’t like him because he is black. You are afraid of a successful black man.

  5. #6 by cav on January 19, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Please, brewski, do feel free to give reign to you humorous side.

  6. #7 by Anonymous on January 19, 2014 - 11:40 am

    This is the best view of the champ at work..enjoy.


    • #8 by cav on January 19, 2014 - 9:02 pm

      Some years back I had that very same cartoon, except it had Bushes head grafted on.

  7. #9 by Larry Bergan on January 19, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    I signed the petition on your update Richard. This is REALLY IMPORTANT!

    We lost the TV and the radio a long time ago, but we just can’t lose the internet!

  8. #10 by Anonymous on January 20, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    see how it’s all the same..or even worse?

  9. #11 by Nathan Erkkila on January 20, 2014 - 11:27 pm

    I have opened all of my bookmarks and none of them failed to load. The thing about rulings like this is that the effects would be immediate. Netflix and Youtube would be gone already if you had Comcast or Time Warner. The way I see it, this isn’t good, but at the same time, I feel there is more to it because I have not felt anything.

    • #12 by Richard Warnick on January 21, 2014 - 11:37 am

      At home, I use a Comcast Internet connection to access Netflix, a Comcast competitor. Like you say, no immediate changes in service. I would not count on Comcast to uphold net neutrality absent government regulation, however.

      • #13 by Nathan Erkkila on January 21, 2014 - 3:00 pm

        Yeah but if there was no regulation, then I believe the effects would be immediate. The same way Texas passed voter discrimination laws less than an hour after the Supreme Court ruling.

    • #15 by Larry Bergan on January 23, 2014 - 6:23 pm

      South Korea is putting in a system that will allow you to download a movie in one second. Who’s responsible for Americans having to fight for bandwidth?

      The fabled American free market.

  10. #17 by Larry Bergan on February 21, 2014 - 8:47 pm


    That looks like a really positive development in one of two areas. In this day and age, one out of two ain’t bad; it’s a miracle.

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