Court examines the boundaries of power over the Internet

An appeals court in Washington, D.C., has begun hearing a landmark case on Net neutrality that observers say could ultimately have the potential to change the nature of the Internet by determining the extent of the federal government's authority to regulate it. Verizon Communications is challenging the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order, which prohibits Internet service providers from favoring some traffic over others on the grounds that the agency is entitled to do so by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The case, which has drawn widespread attention from business and advocacy groups, is expected to be decided late this year or early in 2014.

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