Federal Court Knocks Down FCC Right to Require Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has no legal right to set strict Net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, according to CNET.

“A three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. unanimously tossed out the FCC's August 2008 cease and desist order against Comcast, which had taken measures to slow BitTorrent transfers and had voluntarily ended them earlier in the year," CNET reports. “Because the FCC 'has failed to tie its assertion' of regulatory authority to any actual law enacted by Congress, the agency does not have the authority to regulate an Internet provider's network management practices, wrote Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit."

Bring on more open Internet options.