(RNN) - A U.S. Appeals court struck down the FCC's net neutrality rules Tuesday. It determined the agency lacked the authority to require internet service providers to treat internet traffic equally.
According to the 81 page ruling, the FCC chose to identify broadband providers as an information service, not a common carrier service, so it could not regulate them the same.
Without the rules in place, companies like Verizon can negotiate deals with websites so their content can be shown faster than other sites, Gizmodo reported.
"We're disappointed that the court came to this conclusion," said Craig Aaron, Free Press president and CEO. "Its ruling means that internet users will be pitted against the biggest phone and cable companies, and in the absence of any oversight, these companies can now block and discriminate against their customers' communications at will.
He said they look forward to working with the FCC chairman and the rest of the commission to protect and preserve real net neutrality.
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