Reprinted from Variety by Ted Johnson 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firms like Google, Facebook and Netflix is seeking to intervene in a host of lawsuits filed against the FCC after it repealed most of its net neutrality rules.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. …