Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Verizon Goes To Court Over Open Internet Rules

A federal appeals court heard arguments last week from Verizon, which would benefit, if it and other Internet service providers could start charging fees to content providers to reach some customers through faster speeds. This idea of an Internet “fast lane” would create an uneven playing field in the eyes of the FCC, which says established, deep-pockets companies such as Facebook and Google would have an edge over small startups. That could prevent the next Google or Facebook from succeeding. Jen Yeh of the advocacy group Free Press was in the courtroom and says the three-judge panel could do away with what is called the Open Internet Order.
Most observers felt that by their questioning, two of the three judges leaned toward freeing Verizon from some of the control the FCC has over it.

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