Third Circuit Affirms FCC's High-Speed Internet Order

Law360, New York (October 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appellate court on Tuesday affirmed a U.S. Federal Communications Commission order that effectively deregulated high-speed Internet access provided through telephone lines.

In a precedential decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied requests from several companies and organizations to review a September 2005 order from the FCC. The order, titled the Wireline Broadband Order, eliminated regulations dating back to the 1980s that required telecommunications companies to provide competing, independent Internet service providers with “nondiscriminatory” access to their wirelines.

The FCC’s 2005...
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