A potential landmark case for U.S. regulation of Internet traffic goes before a panel of federal judges on Monday, testing whether the Federal Telecommunications Commission has authority to enforce so-called net neutrality rules.
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be able to access any Web content and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or varying charges imposed by Internet service providers or the government.
Oral arguments in the case pit Verizon Communications against the FCC, with the biggest U.S. wireless provider challenging the commission’s order that guides how Internet service providers manage their networks.
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