Oral Arguments to Begin in Major Net Neutrality Case

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Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A federal appeals court in Washington D.C. will hear arguments Friday in a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 decision to end net neutrality. The challengers, a coalition of tech companies and digital rights advocates, are asking the court to reinstate Obama-era rules that barred internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking or prioritizing internet traffic. The FCC defends the rollback as encouraging innovation and easing unnecessary regulatory burdens. We'll discuss the case and its implications for California, which enacted its own rules protecting net neutrality last fall.


April Glaser, technology writer, Slate

Ryan Singel, media and strategy fellow, Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society