Free Press files suit against FCC's net neutrality rules

Free Press, an Internet public interest group, has filed a lawsuit challenging the FCC's net neutrality rules that will go into effect on Nov. 23.

Matt Wood, Free Press


Filed in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, the advocacy group argues that challenge the net neutrality provisions that appear to give wireless operators more leeway to control what goes over their respective networks.

"Our challenge will show that there is no evidence in the record to justify this arbitrary distinction between wired and wireless Internet access," said Matt Wood, policy director for Free Press.

Of course, Free Press' challenge will be just one of several suits that will be filed against the FCC as other service providers, including Verizon (NYSE: VZ), which said it intends to challenge net neutrality in court, prepare to do battle over the rules.

Verizon's previous challenge was thrown out in April when a federal appeals court ruled that their suit was filed prematurely because the rules had not been published yet.

The FCC's rules will also face opposition from Republican Congressional leaders such as Martha Blackburn, who have developed a plan to overturn the FCC's net neutrality plan and prevent the FCC from pushing forward any of the rules associated with it.

For more:
- see the news release
- Reuters has this article

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