Pickard Explains How the Internet Was Saved ... and Why the Battle Isn't Over

Professor Victor Pickard blogged for The Huffington Post about the FCC's net neutrality ruling. 

"[T]he FCC now has the regulatory authority to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against (blocking or slowing down) online content or creating fast and slow lanes based on whether content creators can afford to pay up. This is a big deal, and the excitement is warranted. But potential threats abound," he writes. 

"In the near term, we should expect continued court challenges and efforts from the Republican-led Congress to undercut the FCC's regulatory authority if not seek outright reversal. We have yet to see the final wording of the ruling, but potential litigants are reportedly lawyering up for judicial review, and AT&T has already announced its intent to sue. Beyond the decision being vacated by a court or Congress, a future reversal from a Republican-led FCC is also possible."

Pickard is the author of America's Battle for Media Democracy (Cambridge 2014), which chronicles the fight for media reform in the 1940s and how those battles relate to today's net neutrality struggles.