(Washington, DC)  --  Internet service providers are allowed to control what goes through their pipeline and how fast.  That's what an appeals court judge ruled today by striking down the government's rules on net neutrality.  

Tim Karr is with the advocacy group Free Press and he says the ruling is one of the most important decisions regarding the Internet in quite awhile.  The FCC's open Internet rules required ISP's to treat all Web traffic equally and give consumers equal access to all lawful content.  But the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the FCC lacked the legal authority to enact those regulations.  It's a victory for companies like Verizon, which had argued the net neutrality rules violated the company's right to free speech.

Karr says he doesn't buy Verizon's argument that net neutrality laws violated the company's right to free speech.