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With 'Nothing Less Than Fate of the Internet' at Stake, Federal Court Told Why FCC's Attack on Net Neutrality So Dangerous

Advocates of net neutrality had their eyes on a federal court on Friday, where the showdown over the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of the Obama-era open internet protections continued.

At the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, oral arguments in Mozilla v. FCC were heard. In that suit, which The Verge frames as “one of the most important cases in internet law history,” technology and advocacy groups joined by over 20 state attorneys general challenge the FCC’s 2017 gutting of net neutrality. 

“The appeals court judges today heard in full detail just how awful a job the Trump FCC did,” said Matt Wood, policy director at Free Press.

While the case covered “complex issues,” said FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voiced opposition to the repeal of net neutrality, one thing is quite clear.  She said “the court now has a chance to right what the @FCC got wrong when it made the misguided decision to roll back #NetNeutrality. I sat through it all. I’m hopeful.”

As observers noted, the hearing drew out some interesting some interesting admissions from the FCC:

Yet, as The Verge reports, “there was no immediate sign of which way the three-judge panel overseeing the case would decide.” According to the petitioners, the reporting continues,

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