Mozilla, Vimeo, States Sue FCC in Bid to Save Net Neutrality

Lucy Bush
February 23, 2018

Today, the CPUC filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit a Petition for Review of the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality rules on the grounds that the decision is arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion.

The FCC December order also seeks to preempt states from imposing their own net neutrality rules. The agency took the requisite formal step of publishing the rules on Thursday, and lawsuits are on tap from a number of state attorneys general and advocacy groups. The protesters opposing the FCC's decision were in Washington, D.C.

Among the states that have filed charges are California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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The FCC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Late a year ago, the Republican-led FCC with its 3-2 vote to remove Obama-era prohibitions on blocking web traffic, slowing it or demanding payment for faster passage via their networks. That could take months. If that principle is removed - with only some content and services available or with roadblocks inserted by ISPs to throttle or control certain services - the value and impact of that resource can be impaired or destroyed.

Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise if the company chooses to pay more. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claimed in January that he has a 50-vote majority in the Senate to pass such a repeal through Congress' upper chamber. Sen.

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"We are confident that the Restoring Internet Freedom order will be upheld in court", says Brian Hart, an FCC spokesman.

If legal challenges (like the one being conducted by the attorney general of New York) fail to halt the repeal, USA citizens will have to wait until 2020 to vote out Trump and install a new president who will be favorable toward the return of net neutrality. However, they do not have enough votes to overturn the veto that President Trump would no doubt sign if this were to happen.

The approval of Pai's proposal marked a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access.

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On the other side, technology companies including Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc have thrown their weight behind the congressional bid to reverse the net neutrality repeal. Net neutrality advocates argue that the rules are essential for an open and competitive internet.

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