FCC fights back on Telecommunications Companies’ Petition to delay Net Neutrality Rules
On March 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published its Open Internet order, rules that are designed to protect net neutrality. Since then, the independent agency of the United States government faced a number of legal challenges from several telecom companies that are eager to bring down the new regulations of the agency.
On May 1, a group of companies filed petition for the commission to delay the implementation of its Open Internet order. The group which petitioned for the FCC to delay includes telecommunications companies like CenturyLink, AT&T, USTelecom, and wireless trade association CTIA. According to the group, reclassifying broadband as a service could be against the public interest. But the FCC did not agree to the group and has been fighting back.
Last Friday, the commission announced that it has denied the petition. The FCC also issued an order, which According to the company, "states its classification of broadband internet as a telecommunications service "falls well within the Commission's statutory authority, is consistent with Supreme Court precedent, and fully complies with the Administrative Procedure Act".
The petition by the group was against the reclassification of broadband. As per the group, the new regulations could lead to unrecoverable losses. It also stated that significant costs of the services will also hurt customers. Some of the rulings by FCC were acceptable to the group as it did not complaint about the three bright line rules that prevent the providers from blocking legal content.
The new petition has been stopped, but the commission still has to get its rulings through court. Tom Wheeler, head of the FCC, said that he is positive that Open Internet order will get through.