Trade Groups Restart Attack On Net Neutrality

Posted by at 10:19 am on July 29, 2016

2000px-US-CourtOfAppeals-FederalCircuit-Seal.svgSeveral trade organizations are asking a U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a decision made last month that upheld the FCC‘s open internet order.

A three-judge panel voted 2-1 in favor of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, which reclassify internet service providers as common carriers and bar them from blocking or prioritizing content.

The CTIA Wireless Association, which speaks for the wireless network operators, is the main force behind the push to reverse the court’s decision. Other groups, including USTelecoms and CenturyLink, have also asked for the decision to be reconsidered.

In response, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, “It comes as no surprise that the big dogs have challenged the three-judge panel’s decision. We are confident that the full court will agree with the panel’s affirmation of the FCC’s clear authority to enact its strong Open Internet rules, the reasoned decision-making upon which they are based, and the adequacy of the record from which they were developed.”

The net neutrality rules went into effect last year and have been challenged in court repeatedly. So far, the rules have held steadfast against legal attacks.

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