By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-1-19

In a victory for ISPs, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has unanimously upheld most of the Republican-led FCC’s deregulation of Internet access in the 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) order.

The court said the FCC was reasonable in reclassifying Internet access as a Title I service. But it did not uphold the FCC’s preemption of state efforts to regulate the Internet following that deregulatory decision, saying that was beyond its authority.

That came in a decision handed down Tuesday, Oct. 1, well over a year since the deregulatory RIF order took effect. It was also a big court victory for the FCC following a big defeat on the media ownership front last week in another court.

“We uphold the 2018 Order, with two exceptions,” said the court.  » Read More