The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order today, protecting the internet from unnecessary and burdensome regulations.
The following can be attributed to Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform:
By upholding the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was well within his bounds to re-reclassify internet services.
Deregulation has made the United States the global leader in innovation, and we should resist any push to enact government control over the internet. The Court concluded that there was substantial evidence that eliminating the Obama administration’s Title II public utility-style rules would increase broadband investment and deployment. And it has.
The Court also made clear that the FCC can preempt any action that conflicts with the 2018 Order, ensuring that the internet will continue to grow and thrive.
The following can be attributed to Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director of Digital Liberty:
The D.C. Circuit Court’s decision today is a landmark win for keeping the internet free from excessive and over-burdensome regulation.
The reforms in the 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom Order have created an environment that encourages innovation, bolsters the United States’ global competitiveness and leads to better connectivity for all Americans. In its decision, the Court agreed with the FCC’s analysis showing that previous, public utility-style rules would have had a negative economic impact.
And while the Court remanded some issues back to the FCC, it clarified that the agency can invoke conflict preemption if a practice were to undermine the 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom Order.
Freeing the internet from the threat of Title II nationwide ensures that the internet will flourish for years to come.