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[B]Court Deals Huge Blow To Net Neutrality[/B]

[QUOTE]WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday struck down the government's latest effort to require internet providers to treat all traffic the same and give consumers equal access to lawful content, a policy that supporters call net neutrality.

The Federal Communications Commission did not have the legal authority to enact the 2011 regulations, which were challenged in a lawsuit brought by Verizon Communications Inc, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in its ruling.

"Even though the commission has general authority to regulate in this arena, it may not impose requirements that contravene express statutory mandates," Judge David Tatel said.

Although the three judge panel were unanimous about the outcome, one wrote separately that he would have gone even further in restricting the FCC's authority.

The FCC could appeal the ruling to the full appeals court or to the U.S. Supreme Court, or it could attempt to rewrite the regulations to satisfy the appeals court.

During the oral argument in September, Verizon's lawyer said the regulations violated the company's right to free speech and stripped control of what its networks transmit and how.

The eventual outcome of the dispute may determine whether internet providers can restrict some content by, for instance, blocking or slowing down access to particular sites or charging websites to deliver their content faster.
The FCC had no immediate comment on the ruling. Verizon also had no immediate comment.[/QUOTE]

[url]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/net-neutrality-court_n_4595859.html?utm_hp_ref=technology[/url]

All other ISPs will jump on this train too.

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[B]Netflix Agrees to Pay Comcast For Access to Its Broadband Network[/B]

[QUOTE]Netflix Inc. (NFLX) has agreed to pay for more-direct access to Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s broadband network to improve speed and reliability for its video-streaming customers, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The companies announced a multiyear agreement in a statement yesterday, without disclosing terms. Faced with complaints about quality and speed, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast millions of dollars annually to deliver its content more efficiently, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the terms are private.

Netflix, the world’s largest subscription video-streaming service, joins companies such as Google Inc. (GOOG) and Facebook Inc. (FB) that already pay Comcast for content-delivery network access. The agreement is a surprise because Netflix could have used the issue as leverage while Comcast attempts to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc., an industry researcher said. [/QUOTE]

[url]http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-23/netflix-said-to-agree-to-pay-comcast-for-faster-broadband-access.html[/url]