The FCC’s reverse of decision regarding the net neutrality rules sparked outrage not only to giant tech companies but to small internet users as well. The agency’s move resulted in a plethora of protests and filing of lawsuits that will be litigated in San Francisco.
On Thursday, a federal judicial committee revealed that an appeals court situated in San Francisco will preside over the complaints filed against the FCC. According to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court has been arbitrarily chosen to judge the federated provocations.
More than 20 state attorneys general filed several objections including internet companies and public interest groups. Adding to the roster of complainants is a California county and its Public Utilities Commission pursuing to barricade any attempts from the Trump administration that will threaten a free and open internet.
The case was filed in the 9th Circuit and District of Columbia appeals court. The court has currently 24 active judges.
Among the states that object the FCC’s decision include California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. They contend that the agency could not churn out “arbitrary and capricious” amends to enduring policies. In addition, it misrepresented and ignored “critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses.”
Meanwhile, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Feb. 26 that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can penalize telecom companies for deceitful procedures. This is in lieu of the case filed against AT&T alleged to deceive customers into providing the unlimited data plans, however, it decelerates speeds for busy users.
This decision of a US appeals court to allow the FTC to crack down telecom firms such as AT&T is a significant directive. This is because of a different agency that will dump its surveillance with the abolishing of net neutrality rules that control users access to contents and websites.
Everybody wants an internet that accredits and fosters free speech. Since net neutrality is the guiding basis, it conserves our right to communicate freely online without worrying about being surveilled.
Under the net neutrality rules, ISPs are prohibited to block or throttle contents that users access. They should not practice establishing “fast lanes” for those users who can afford to pay extra in return for a faster connection, and “slow lanes” for users who cannot pay more and just be content with an average or slower speed.