A federal appeals court struck a blow for the freedom of the internet with its 2-1 ruling in support of net neutrality, guaranteeing unfettered access to the web.
What a relief, not only for consumers but also for the future of Silicon Valley.
Massive broadband providers had hoped to be able to maximizeprofits by charging content providers for faster internet speeds and greater reliability, costs that would inevitably get passed along to consumers. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recognized the unacceptable consequences: It simply leads to a society of haves and have-nots for users and the next wave of entrepreneurs.
The tech community must never lose sight of the fact that it is the hundreds of entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses that are essential for the next wave of innovation.
The appeals court ruling stems from the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 decision that broadband access should be treated as a utility, meaning it should be accessible by all.
Expect broadband providers to appeal Tuesday’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which likely won’t be heard until after November’s election. It’s just one more reason for voters to pay close attention to the candidates’ position on tech issues and how they would go about picking future Supreme Court justices.