Silicon Valley’s Biggest Lobbying Group Plans To Sue FCC For Dismantling Net Neutrality, Says It Defies Will Of Majority

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After the repeal of net neutrality, no one was really sure how state governments or private companies would react to the changes.

Internet providers welcomed the move as it gave them more flexibility when it comes to charging consumers and fewer government rules to deal with.

The big question now is, what would the major tech companies that depend on customers’ internet access do to combat the repeal?

From Tech Times. Story by Jean-Pierre Chigne.

The Internet Association, a major trade group that represents tech giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, and Uber announced on Jan. 5 that it will join the legal battle against the Federal Communications Commission for the repeal of net neutrality.

On Thursday night, the FCC released the agency’s rewritten rules on what internet service providers are now allowed to do. These new rules allow ISPs to choose the speed of websites and can block them if they so choose.

“The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open Internet,” said the Internet Association in a statement. “IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution.”

The FCC may have already voted to get rid of net neutrality but the rule is still not in effect. To be put into effect, the rule must first be published in the Federal Register, which is still weeks away. To appeal for the rule, it needs to first be put into effect.

Those on the side of net neutrality argue that instead of restoring “internet freedom,” these rules expose consumers. Without the protections provided by net neutrality, ISPs will be able to charge any prices and would be able to throttle service, favoring some websites over others.

On the other side, opponents of net neutrality say that the rules stifle the ISPs with overregulation, adding that the federal government is overreaching and it’s not allowed to treat the companies as utilities.”

Raed more at Tech Times.

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