Today – June 12, 2015 – is the day the US of A formally, officially has an open and fair Internet – Net Neutrality is now the law of the land.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. refused June 11 to block the new net neutrality rules from taking effect. The major Internet service providers (Big Telcom companies Verizon, Comcast, AT&T and others) sued to postpone the rules. The appeals court said no. The Net Neutrality rules become law today.
What this means for Internet users like you and me is that Big Telcom cannot intentionally slow your Internet speed or force you to pay a higher price for faster speed; can’t block your access to legal Internet content; and can’t create Internet “fast lanes” for the rich and powerful leaving the rest of us to wile away on 20th Century download speeds.
As of now, in the USA, all Internetz are created equal. (If often slow by world standards.)
Big Telcom, despite losing its attempt to block the rules, is still suing the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to have the new rules abolished. And Big Telcom’s Republican friends in the U.S. Congress are working toward the same goal through legislation.
As recently as Thursday GOP lawmakers on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Services Subcommittee inserted language into the omnibus federal budget bill – which must be adopted to avoid a government shutdown – which revokes the FCC’s ability to enforce its new Net Neutrality rules. That language must still win approval of the House’s full Appropriations Committee, the full House itself, the U.S. Senate and President Obama’s desk but, still, they keep fighting.
And remaining, of course, is the big lawsuit filed by Big Telcom to strike down the FCC rules altogether.
As a matter of fact, the D.C. Appeal Court in its opinion denying Big Telcom’s petition to postpone the rules suggested the larger lawsuit should move ahead as quickly as possible.
But for now, for one bright and shining moment, the United States formally, officially has a fair and open Internet.
And that is a victory for all.