Good News: Court Denies Stay, Net Neutrality is Here

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a last minute motion to stay the new federal regulations, meaning they are now on the books.

"Petitioners have not satisfied the stringent requirements for a stay pending court review," the three-judge panel said in its Thursday decision, which allowed the rules to kick in Friday at 12:01 a.m. [...]

“This is a huge victory for Internet consumers and innovators,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. “Starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the Internet fast, fair and open.”

The new rules have been in effect over half a day now and, as far as I can tell, this is still a free nation. Cats and dogs are not living together and there is no mass hysteria. There are no Obamanet death panels.

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    But Thursday evening, Republican lawmakers said the ruling was creating “uncertainty.”

    “Unfortunately, we are now in for a long, unnecessary wait while the courts determine if the commission was out of bounds,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), communications subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), and subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-Ohio) said in a statement.

    As predictable as the sunrise, some people. I wonder if any of those three could give a coherent definition of net neutrality (my five bucks says no).