Google, Microsoft, and Amazon’s Trade Group Joining Net Neutrality Court Challenge
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The Internet Association, a trade group that counts Airbnb, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other giants as members, said January 5th, 2018 that it will join in legal action aimed at restoring net neutrality regulations. The announcement came after the Federal Communications Commission on the day before released the final version of its repeal decision, the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was approved on December 14th, 2017.
The order opens the door for internet service providers to throttle, block, or charge more for certain content. Major internet retailers, content providers, and social media companies fear ISPs could start charging them for faster connections, which would also present a roadblock to smaller startups. Supporters of the rollback say it encourages greater investment in internet infrastructure and, perhaps more importantly, aligns with free-market ideology.

The Internet Association said it will “act as an intervener in a judicial action against this order.” An intervener, while not a direct litigant, is granted certain rights by a court to comment or act in a case.

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The repeal of Net neutrality rules, led by Ajid Pai, the chairman of Federal Communications Commission, attracted strong public opposition


Since the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules in December 2017,  opponents of the decision have been preparing to fight it in the courts. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has said he will sue to block the decision, in part on the basis of millions of apparently fraudulent public comments submitted prior to the vote. Legal challenges may also argue that the decision oversteps the FCC’s procedural authority to change rules, though courts have in the past given the agency broad leeway.

Etsy has also said they will take direct legal action. The filing of a suit or suits against the FCC decision is still ongoing, and Gizmodo has a thorough rundown of the intricacies of the filing process and likely arguments.

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