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Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:29 pm    Post subject: Court rules on equal treatment of all web traffic  

Proponents of an open Internet lost a battle this week over “net neutrality,” but a court decision against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could ultimately lead to stronger government action to keep the web free of use restrictions, experts say. Online retailers generally oppose letting Internet service providers charge more for certain kinds of traffic, fearing it could lead to limits on their use of online video and other rich media.

“The court decision earlier this week does not change our broadband policy goals or the ultimate authority of the FCC to achieve those goals,” FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in response to Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The appeals court ruled that in 2008 the FCC exceeded its legal authority under Title I of the Communications Act of 1934 when it sanctioned Comcast Corp. for slowing down the web traffic of some customers who were downloading large files through peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent. The ruling came in a case brought against the FCC by Comcast.

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