U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission

825 F.3d 674 (2016)

From our private database of 45,900+ case briefs, written and edited by humans—never with AI.

U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
825 F.3d 674 (2016)

  • Written by Rose VanHofwegen, JD
Play video

Facts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (defendant) promulgated the 2010 Open Internet Order to compel broadband providers to treat all internet traffic equally regardless of its source—a principle often called net neutrality. The 2010 order said internet service providers must provide transparency and not block or unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic. Multiple broadband providers filed lawsuits challenging the 2010 order. In Verizon v. FCC, 740 F.3d 623 (D.C. Cir. 2014), the court concluded that the 2010 order essentially treated broadband providers like common carriers, which the FCC could do only if it reclassified broadband internet as telecommunications services instead of information services. The FCC responded by doing just that in its 2015 Open Internet Order, reclassifying broadband carriers as common carriers subject to regulation under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. U.S. Telecom Association and other organizations representing broadband providers (plaintiffs) sued and challenged the 2015 order on First Amendment grounds, arguing it forced providers to transmit speech they might find disagreeable.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Tatel and Srinivasan, JJ.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 742,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 742,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,900 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 742,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 45,900 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership