"ISPs are conduits for the speech of others; they are not delivering their own messages when they connect their customers to the Internet...Rules against blocking and throttling Internet content thus do not violate the ISPs’ constitutional rights" (arstechnica)
All of this comes after the FCC's decision to classify Broadband providers as Common Carriers. With this new classification, they are stripped of their First Amendment rights that news companies and websites have. The only exception that was given was that Broadband providers were allowed to edit and "Practice" their First Amendment rights on their own websites.
During this whole ordeal, Broadband providers did make the claim that they are in a similar position to Cable TV providers and because of that they should have the right to “exercise the same editorial discretion as cable television operators in deciding which speech to transmit.”
Yet the FCC countered back saying:
"that cable TV is different from Internet access because cable TV systems have limited capacity on which to carry channels. ISPs, by contract, face no technological obstacles preventing them from providing access to all lawful Internet content" (arstechnica)
So what do you think?
Do you think that ISP's should have the right to filter information they find to be objectionable (e.g. Illegal Content, Torrents for pirated software, etc...)
Do you think people have too much freedom to do what they want or say on the internet?
Court case [Link]
Another court case [Link]