US broadband providers sue FCC over new Net Neutrality rules2015-03-24 10:19 by Daniela
Tags: broadband, FCC, Net Neutrality
Though the new FCC rules concerning broadband haven't yet come into effect, broadband providers have begun their assault on the net neutrality proposal by filing lawsuits against the agency.
A U.S. trade group, which represents the interests of most national broadband companies - USTelecom (United States Telecom Association) - has already filed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a petition looking to block the FCC's attempt at reclassifying internet service providers.
"As we have said throughout this debate, our member companies conduct their business in conformance with the open Internet principles, and support their enactment into law," USTelecom President Walter McCormick said in a statement. "We do not believe the Federal Communications Commission's move to utility-style regulation invoking Title II authority is legally sustainable."
A similar petition was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans by Texas-based Internet provider Alamo Broadband Inc. Both petitions seek to preserve the right to file suit against the rules.
The new Net neutrality rules have been designed with aim to regulate broadband as a public utility, which would stop Internet providers from being able to block or supply traffic prioritization for companies and websites that pay for it.
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