Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The FCC Will Not Appeal the Sixth Circuit's Decision

On August 29, 2016, an FCC spokesman stated that the Commission will not appeal the Sixth Circuit’s decision to reverse the FCC’s 2015 Municipal Broadband Preemption Order. According to the spokesman, an appeal “would not be the best use of the Commission resources.” As I stated in a blog last week, the FCC’s Order and the subsequent court case was a waste of taxpayer resources and should have been avoided. While it is unfortunate that the FCC wasted as many resources as it did, at least the issue is over and the FCC can now focus on proceedings that will bring benefits to consumers.

See my blog from last week “The FCC’s Municipal Broadband Preemption Order Should Have Been Avoided” for a recap of the Sixth Circuit’s decision and statements made by FSF scholars.