FCC loses key ruling on Internet `neutrality' - Yahoo! News The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC lacks authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks. That was a big victory for Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, which had challenged the FCC's authority to impose such "network neutrality" obligations on broadband providers.
I admit to some ambivalence about this. The idea of 'net neutrality' sounds nice, and it would be awkward for ISPs and content providers if the various intermediate networks over which data travels do not provide reasonably stable bandwidth BUT from what I've read, it is pretty clear that some users are burning up a LOT of bandwidth using peer-to-peer or similar arrangements. I can see why the backbone companies want to be able to regulate loads and prioritize service even apart from anti-competitive actions that limit broadband used by Skype or other VoIP providers.