The FCC has won a key bid to uphold its repeal of net neutrality, but at a significant cost. A federal appeals court handling a Mozilla complaint has ruled that most of the repeal can stand, but that the FCC had “not shown legal authority” to ban states from implementing their own laws. The regulator was trying to “categorically abolish” states’ established power to regulate communications within their borders, according to the court.
The decision also asked the FCC to tackle reported shortcomings in its order. The agency didn’t examine the implications of the repeal for public safety, the court said. The FCC also didn’t “sufficiently explain” how reclassifying internet access would affect pole attachments, or do enough to allay concerns about effects on subsidized Lifeline access.