High-speed internet service can now be defined as a utility says the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
With this ruling, high-speed internet service will be under the regulation of the F.C.C. (rather than broadcast and network businesses) and will receive greater government scrutiny and greater protection. More importantly, however, this ruling reiterates the now-official stance that high-speed internet service should be equally accessible to all Americans—not just to those who can pay more for better service.
This ruling has the potential to make a significant difference to millions of Americans—you know, the ones who need online access to find jobs, apply for healthcare, or contact their child’s teacher.
Putting high-speed internet service into the same category as electricity and phone service is a huge step toward leveling the playing field. I’m looking forward to the rest of the game.