The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the Federal Communications Commission overreached when it set down rules preventing network operators from assigning content providers to faster or slower parts of the Internet.
The FCC established the net neutrality rules requiring that network companies like Comcast and Verizon treat all content equally. Backers of the policy said such rules were needed to keep the Internet fair and open and prohibit network operators from discriminating against some content providers or giving preference to companies that can pay higher fees. Network operators said such rules made it difficult to manage online traffic and Verizon took the case to court.
The court ruling said the FCC doesn't have the jurisdiction to regulate Internet service providers in the same way it regulates phone companies. That means the concept of net neutrality is on life support -- at least for the moment.