Net Neutrality is the basic principle that keeps the Internet free and open. It prevents Internet service providers from blocking, censoring, interfering with or discriminating against Web traffic and content.
The D.C. Circuit’s decision in the Verizon case dealt a huge blow to the open Internet. But the court’s decision provides a road map for the FCC to move in a positive direction and reclaim its authority to protect the open Internet.
On Sept. 9, 2013, Verizon faced the Federal Communications Commission in court over the agency’s 2010 Open Internet Order. In its challenge to the FCC’s Net Neutrality protections, Verizon claimed that it has “editorial discretion” over content that travels on its network.
As Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Michael O’Rielly arrive at the Federal Communications Commission, they face historic challenges and opportunities to shape the ways we connect and communicate for decades to come.
Here’s how the FCC should ensure that our public network and public airwaves provide better choices and more voices — by maintaining universal communications service, increasing media diversity, supporting local news and emphasizing political transparency.
On Sept. 9, the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments in Verizon's lawsuit seeking to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. If Verizon prevails in this case, the FCC's rules protecting Internet users from corporate abuse will disappear. Click here to hear the full arguments.
AT&T wants the Federal Communications Commission to dissolve federal and state rules requiring universal, reliable, affordable and open networks. This will jeopardize existing communications infrastructure that carries our conversations, family connections, ideas and commerce. AT&T promises this sweeping deregulation will bring substantial consumer benefits, but there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute notified AT&T of their intent to file a formal complaint against the company. In the complaint, the three organizations will assert that AT&T is violating Net Neutrality by blocking the popular video-conferencing application FaceTime. The groups will file the complaint with the Federal Communications Commission in the coming weeks.