Digital News Report – The United States Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia said that the Federal Communication Commission’s Net Neutrality policy was not in the right for telling Comcast that they have to treat all Internet traffic equally that customers use.
Comcast Internet service could after this ruling could allow providers the ability to charge more for high traffic users such as VOIP data or video packets. They could cause unfair competition by charging extra for their competitors such as Google’s Youtube service or NetFlix online streaming video for instance, in order to promote their cable service as a better option for consumers that use their service.
The FCC recently released the National Broadband Plan which has the goal of reaching 100 million households to have Internet service speeds of 100 megabits per second connection by the year 2020. The FCC wants to allocate certain airwaves channels to be sold to wireless Internet providers to help achieve this goal.
The FCC sees this ruling as a setback but still is committed to keeping the Internet open and for developing policies that would help bring broadband to all Americans. The FCC will likely proceed to make rules that would help to insure an open Internet for all users.
Comcast said that their goals was to clear their name and reputation by having these restriction removed and be able to charge or limit Internet bandwidth as they see fit.