The internet's top lobby joins legal crusade against net neutrality repeal


The Internet Association, a trade group representing companies such as Google parent Alphabet and Facebook said on Friday that it intends to join an expected lawsuit against a decision to roll back net neutrality rules.

The Washington, D.C. -based Internet Association specifically plans to join a lawsuit as an intervening party, aiding the challenge to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's vote in December to repeal regulations that required internet providers like AT&T and Comcast* to treat all web traffic equally, its leader confirmed to Recode.

The FCC signaled in the order that one benefit of the rule rollback is that the government could look more holistically at potential threats to 'net openness by both edge providers and ISPs, rather than just the ISP portion of the 'net ecosystem.

Internet Association members also include Airbnb, Amazon and several dozen online and social media companies.

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"The final version of Chairman Pai's rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers", Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, said in a statement. "The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate", Pai has told a gathering at an event in the US. Pinsker speculates that tech executives simply realize the public relations value of supporting neutrality principles, and that their employees are genuinely concerned about it.

The Nebraska Telecommunications Association, which said it would study Morfeld's bill before taking a position on it, circulated a white paper among its 30 member companies a year ago describing the 2015 rules as trying "to fit a square peg in a round hole". Since they missed the boat, they can't petition a federal judge. The move ignited protests from open internet advocates, the tech industry, and lawmakers. The group's latest filing in the Senate's disclosure database reveals that it spent $300,000 in the third quarter to lobby congress on issues ranging from autonomous vehicles to political advertisements to copyright reform.

The "Internet Neutrality Act" (LB856), introduced by Sen.

A number of net neutrality groups have vowed to sue the FCC over the decision, continuing the legal fight over net neutrality that has been raging for well over a decade.