Internet Association Seeks to Intervene in Net Neutrality Lawsuits

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Photo by REX/Shutterstock Ajit Varadaraj Pai testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on his nomination to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. FCC Confirmation Hearing, Washington DC, July 19, 2017

Reprinted from Variety by  on March 22, 2018.

The trade association representing major internet firms like Google, Facebook and Netflix is seeking to intervene in a host of lawsuits filed against the FCC after it repealed most of its net neutrality rules.

In a petition filed on Thursday, the Internet Association argued that without the net neutrality rules, “internet companies and consumers will have no effective legal recourse against broadband providers that distort competition and impede communication by preventing or discouraging consumers from reaching the online content of their choice. This is particularly problematic given that nearly half of Americans have no choice of wireline provider for high-speed broadband service.”

An intervenor is a party that seeks join litigation because it will be impacted by the outcome. The Internet Association announced earlier this year that it planned to intervene in the lawsuits, but not participate as one of the original plaintiffs. …

Variety 3/22

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