(CNN) - A federal appeals court struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibit internet service providers from restricting access to legal web content.
The ruling is the latest development in the long running battle over net neutrality.
That's the principle that all sites on the internet be equally accessible.
Net neutrality advocates want to preserve the web's status quo.
Under the status quo, providers such as Verizon and Time Warner Cable can't auction off priority traffic rights to one site over another.
And they can't impose tolls for high bandwidth sites such as video streamers Netflix and Hulu.
Net neutrality supporters warn that Tuesday's decision by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals could open the way for internet serviced providers to compromise web access.
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