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

23 February, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Net neutrality-ending legislation is expected to be published on Thursday

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have joined the legal battle started by Mozilla and Vimeo to reverse the Federal Communications Commission repeal of net neutrality.

The Internet & Television Association, a cable-industry trade association, says that the FCC plan removes unnecessary regulation.

"Repealing the net neutrality rules will give internet service providers more power and control over the websites we can visit, and it would make it harder for small businesses and innovators to compete online", says Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union.

"The internet has to be a neutral place, it has to be a level playing field, everybody had to have equal access".

As reported by Engadget, in the coming months the attorney general of NY is slated to sue the FCC over the repeal of net neutrality with more states and advocacy groups to follow suit.

The attorneys general of 20 states and tech companies filed suits last month to halt the repeal, according to CNN. But governors in Vermont, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey and NY have signed orders pledging to only do business with internet providers that abide by net neutrality rules. Apparently, the White House Office of Management and Budget still must sign off on some aspects of the FCC reversal before it takes legal effect.

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One group, Public Knowledge, said that it would be filing its own lawsuit on Thursday.

But it should be noted that at the moment, the net neutrality rules still apply in the United States, despite the FCC vote.

Before December's vote, the attorneys general of almost 20 states asked the FCC to delay its decision based on evidence that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commissions' notice of the proposed rule change.

Blumenthal said if they get the extra vote the Senate needs, it would go onto the House.

Web browser developer Mozilla Corp and video-sharing website Vimeo Inc IAC.O said on Thursday they had refiled legal challenges meant to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark net neutrality rules from taking effect. "The FCC is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law and it deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined, and ultimately reversed".


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