>> Backers of an open Internet scored another big win Tuesday. A federal appeals court upholding a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission which prevents Internet service providers from slowing down consumer access to web content. DC reporter David Shepardson says this gives a lot of support to President Obama's push for equal access to the web, commonly referred to as net neutrality.
>> This was a slam dunk win for the FCC on every grounds. First on the issue of whether fixed Internet could be considered a common carrier under the Telecommunications Act, yes. That mobile phones could be regulated and subject to the net neutrality order, yes.>> The ruling means Internet providers, whether giving high speed access in the home or web access on mobile devices, must treat all content fairly and not create fast lanes for preferred content.
>> It's a big blow for the Internet companies that have been fighting the FCC's decision to impose neutrality rules in February 2015. And it's a big win for companies like, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Yelp. The Internet websites that had been seeking, basically level playing field, arguing that Internet service provider should have not the right to impose paid restrictions on websites.
>> The builders of the pipes for high speed Internet access like Verizon and Comcast have fought net neutrality rules all the way. They say since they bear all the costs of maintaining the networks, they should have the right to charge more to content providers that clog the pipes with data.
They plan to take the fight to the next level, vowing to take their battle to roll back the regulations all the way to the Supreme Court if they have to.