Judge Says FCC Can't Enforce 'Net Neutrality'

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

A bundle of glass fiber optic strands (flickr user kainet (cc:by-sa))

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that the FCC has no regulating authority over how Comcast or any other internet provider manages its network. 

This decision landed a severe blow to proponents for net neutrality, and has far-reaching implications for the FCC's ability to regulate what happens online. What is net neutrality? It's a little technical, but the brilliant minds at Ask A Ninja made their own shorthand explanation - you can see it below.

Cecilia Kang, is the technology reporter for The Washington Post, and she explains net neutrality (with less handwaving than our ninja friend). And Siva Vaidhyanathan is an associate professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He joins us to explain the ramifications of the ruling.

Guests:

Cecilia Kang and Siva Vaidhyanthan

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Eduardo from Miami.

Comcast being able to decide what websites load on my computer and at what rate is tantamount to censure. Sure, today they do not want me to go to a bit torrent site but tomorrow who knows? Will I be able to make a search query for Tienanmen Square?

I was thinking about switching to comcast, not anymore.

Apr. 07 2010 08:09 PM

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