The D.C. Circuit has issued a decision gutting FCC rules that prevented companies like Comcast and Verizon from blocking access to, or charging extra fees to companies like Amazon, Apple and Netflix that seek to distribute content to customers via the Internet. Local governments should be concerned for three reasons:
The order provides a very good reason for local governments to move quickly to become involved in just-beginning efforts by Congress to rewrite the nation’s communications laws – and to urge the FCC to consider alternatives that protect the new information economy.
The U.S. isn’t the only nation facing the “net neutrality” challenge. For a European perspective, read this Network World article.