Justin Martin teaches media law at Southern Miss and also manages WUSM-FM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
An instructor of media law at Southern Miss said a Thursday vote by the Federal Communications Commission on Internet access will likely end up as a case decided by the Supreme Court.
Justin Martin said the 3-2 decision on so-called net neutrality is "going to mean a lot of lawsuits and rangling in the courts."
The ruling means the FCC will now treat Internet service providers as public utilities and will require them to handle different types of internet traffic in a neutral manner.
Proponents said the ruling will broaden access for consumers, but opponents said it will stifle innovation and increase costs.
Martin said in the near future, the decision could limit access, but he said ultimately, the consumer will be the winner.
"In the short term, yes, it probably is going to dampen a lot of innovation that's happening," Martin said. "In the long term, I think it's going to be a positive for the person vs. the corporation," he said.