by James L. Gattuso
The Heritage Foundation
February 12, 2014
Backgrounder
On January 14, 2014, a federal court struck down Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that regulate how Internet service providers (ISPs), such as Verizon and Comcast, handle the traffic passing through their networks. Known as “network neutrality” rules, they generally require ISPs to treat all content equally. The court’s decision was good news for consumers: Contrary to claims by the rules’ supporters, they were not necessary to prevent abuse by the ISPs; at the same time, they limited pro-consumer pricing and new competition in the dynamic market for broadband service. Policymakers should reject efforts in Congress and the FCC to restore these harmful rules.



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