The Federal Communications Commission has decided to put off action on net neutrality until 2015, drawing protests from those lobbying for strict regulation of Internet service providers. It’s tempting to argue that the delay gives the commission time to develop a consensus, but that’s a fool’s errand on a topic that’s so polarizing. Instead, the agency needs the extra weeks to build a more defensible case for its rules, given the inevitability that someone will challenge them in court.

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