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Challenges mount to US net neutrality repeal

A group of 21 US state attorney generals have filed suit to challenge the FCC’s decision to do away with net neutrality while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling, reports Reuters. “The state attorneys, including those of California, New York and Virginia as well as the District of Columbia, filed a petition to challenge the action, calling it ‘arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion’ and saying that it violated federal laws and regulations. Internet advocacy group Free Press, the Open Technology Institute and Mozilla filed similar protective petitions.” The FCC voted in December along party lines to reverse rules introduced in 2015 that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritisation. The new rules will not take effect for at least 3 months, the FCC has said. A trade group representing major tech companies including Facebook, Alphabet and Amazon said it would support legal challenges to the reversal. “The FCC vote in December marked a victory for AT&T, Comcast and Verizon and handed them power over what content consumers can access on the internet. It was the biggest win for FCC chairman Ajit Pai in his sweeping effort to undo many telecoms regulations.” See more here and the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order here

  • Tuesday, 23 January 2018

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