3-Judge Panel Hears Software Company’s Net Neutrality Appeal

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A three-judge panel is going to hear Mozilla’s appeal to restore net neutrality.

The current Congress might have failed to bring back net neutrality but Mozilla isn’t giving up. The company is challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Restoring Internet Freedom order that took effect last June 2018. The hearing is slated on Feb.1 and three judges are appointed to handle the case.

“Ultimately, only Congress can provide the certainty consumers and businesses need and must redouble its efforts to pass a permanent, modern, and sustainable open internet framework for all Americans,” said industry trade group USTelecom president Jonathan Spalter.

The judges that will handle Mozilla’s appeal include Patricia Millett, Stephen Williams, and Judith Rogers. Judge Williams has been one of the three judges as well as the senior judge who rejected ISP and others’ petition back in May 2017. This is regarding the en banc reevaluation of the earlier decision by a three-judge panel about the FCC’s justification to reclassify ISPs as common carriers during the Obama-era administration.

The late President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Williams while the other two judges are both Democratic appointees. Former President Bill Clinton appointed Judge Rogers while previous President Barack Obama appointed Judge Millet who vigorously disagreed for reproductive rights and was addressed to be a deserving scion to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, America’s Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Judge Rogers is deliberated a politically reasonable judge and precise in her experience on how federal agencies rightly make resolutions. It is expected when Mozilla and the FCC deal with each other on February 1.

The new regulation has reclassified Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as information services. It likewise abolished the guidelines that prohibited broadband providers from blocking and throttling contents aside from paid prioritization. Moreover, it handed over the implementation of net neutrality to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Justice’s authority.

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