US court clash on 'Open Internet' rules, version 3.0

Backers and opponents of “Open Internet” rules clashed Friday in a federal appeals court, in the third round of a battle on how US broadband providers may be regulated. The so-called “net neutrality” case, one of the most hotly contested tech policy issues in Washington, tests whether online services like Netflix, Yelp and new startups should have equal access through Internet service firms like Verizon and AT&T. Supporters of the rule argue that it is needed to ensure access to any type of online service without a gatekeeper, while critics say the FCC is using an antiquated, heavy-handed standard that will ultimately stifle a free Internet.

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