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Jun. 15, 2016 8:20 am

Media Mobilizing Project celebrates ‘massive victory for net neutrality’

A Tuesday court ruling ensures that broadband internet will be regulated as a utility.
Media Mobilizing Project activists protest against the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger in 2014.

Media Mobilizing Project activists protest against the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger in 2014.

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“Today, the court fully affirmed the Federal Communications Commission’s power to regulate the internet for consumers, not for Comcast.”

This line kicks off a statement published Tuesday by the Media Mobilizing Project. The Philly-based nonprofit, which fights for a fairer media landscape, was commenting on a key ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals.

The 184-page ruling declared broadband internet a utility, upholding the FCC’s position, and opened a path for new regulations on internet service providers.

“For many years, millions of people have battled for our right to speak and be heard without interference from the huge corporations that profit from our need to communicate,” said Media Mobilizing Project Policy Director Hanna Sassaman. “Now, the court has proven that the FCC can and must protect our voices and to protect the internet as a human right.”

The organization celebrated the ruling as a “massive victory for net neutrality” and hopes it will lead to expanding affordable internet.

“We will continue to fight to protect and expand our ability to build movements for justice on the essential platform of the internet here in Philly, in this country, and around the world,” Sassaman said.

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