The next stop for net neutrality?Joe Ravi (CC-BY-SA 3.0)
Today’s court decision upholding net neutrality rules is a huge legal milestone for the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to more strictly regulate Internet service providers. But as you might expect, the fight is not over, and it could end up being decided by the Supreme Court.
The FCC won a 2-1 decision (full text) from a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as judges rejected challenges to the FCC’s reclassification of broadband as a Title II common carrier service and imposition of net neutrality rules. But ISPs and their lobby groups are not out of legal options: they can ask the same court for an “en banc” review in front of all of the court’s judges instead of just a three-judge panel. If that fails, they could appeal to the Supreme Court, or they could skip the en banc step and go straight to the nation’s highest court.
The Supreme Court can pick and choose what cases it wants to hear, so there’s no guarantee ISPs would even get in front of the justices. Law professors interviewed by Bloomberg said chances of a high court review are so slim…