The United States Court of Appeals for the District Of Columbia  Circuit has affirmed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules reclassifying broadband internet access service providers as “telecommunications carriers” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Subject to any judicial or legislative reversal, this action cements the FCC’s authority to proceed with its controversial proposal to adopt specific privacy rules for such providers, and to extend those requirements to other telecommunications carriers and cable and satellite video providers by revising their rules under existing statutory provisions.

The Decision (PDF)