Few people would dispute that one of the biggest contributors to the extraordinary success of the Internet has been the ability of just about anyone to use it to offer any product, service, or type of information he or she wants.
How to maintain that success, however, is the subject of a momentous fight that resumes this week in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The battle pits one of the largest providers of Internet access, Verizon, against the Federal Communications Commission, which for nearly 80 years has been riding herd on the companies that provide Americans with telecommunications services.
Verizon and a host of other companies that spent billions of dollars to build their Internet pipelines say they should be able to manage them as they wish. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.