US federal appeals court rejects request for suspension of Net Neutrality rules

US federal appeals court rejects request for suspension of Net Neutrality rules

In a noteworthy Thursday ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has turned down the telecom industry's request for the partial suspension of the implementation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s new Net Neutrality rules till the time the rules are being litigated.

As a result of the ruling by the three-judge panel of the federal appeals court, the FCC's Net Neutrality rules - which underscore new Internet traffic regulations in the US - will go into effect on Friday, June 12.

The ruling by the federal appeals court marks an early victory for the FCC, especially in the wake of the fact that the agency's assertion of a more comprehensive enforcement authority over Internet service providers is being challenged in court by bigwig US wireless carrier AT&T, as well as cable and wireless industry groups.

Declining the telecom industry's request for suspension of Net Neutrality regulations, the court said in a brief statement on Thursday that "petitioners have not satisfied the stringent requirements," which included proving irreparable potential harm resulting from the implementation of the rules.

Meanwhile, describing the court's ruling as a win for consumers and innovators, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said: "Starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the Internet fast, fair and open."

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