January 8, 2018
The Internet Association, a trade group comprised of major online companies, including Netflix, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, is planning legal action following the Federal Communications Commission’s December rollback of net neutrality provisions.
The FCC, in a 3-2 vote along partisan lines, backed a proposal from chairman Ajit Pai to stop regulating the Web as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934.
Specifically, the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” gives Internet Service Providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon more influence over third-party broadband access and costs, among other issues.
Internet Association CEO Michael Beckerman, in a Jan. 5 statement following formal FCC disclosure of the rollback, said the action will gut net neutrality protections for consumers, startups, and other stakeholders.
Beckerman said the group intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against the order and, along with member companies, continue pushing to restore “enforceable” net neutrality protections through the legislative process.
“The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, … defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet,” Beckerman said.