Brian Weiss

DC Circuit Ruling on Net Neutrality

Background: Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Mozilla v. Federal Communications Commission and upheld the net neutrality framework adopted in the FCC’s 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) Order. USTelecom filed a joint intervenors brief in support of the FCC in October 2018.

The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of USTelecom:

“The court got it right and affirmed what anyone who has been paying attention to Washington’s net neutrality saga knows to be true: the internet is open, ISPs are investing to bring internet users the content they want, and we remain absolutely opposed to anti-consumer practices like blocking, throttling and anti-competitive paid-prioritization.

“The fact is the FCC’s 2017 order restored the smarter, more nimble, pro-consumer and bipartisan policy framework that has guided the internet through 20 years of openness and extraordinary growth.

“Where do we go from here? While we are still reviewing the details, one thing is clear: Congress must end this regulatory rinse and repeat cycle by passing a strong national framework that applies to all companies, maintains our dynamic and open internet, and sustains our global digital leadership for the next generation and beyond.”