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Free Press Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

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Sep 29, 2011, 7:36 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Free Press on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston against the Federal Communications Commission's proposed net neutrality rules, which were published to the Federal Register last week. Free press argues that the rules, as written, do not provide enough protections for wireless networks, in particular. In a statement, the organization said, "When the FCC first proposed the Open Internet rules, they came with the understanding that there is only one Internet, no matter how people choose to reach it. The final rules provide some basic protections for consumers, but do not deliver on the promise to preserve openness for mobile Internet access. They fail to protect wireless users from discrimination, and they let mobile providers block innovative applications with impunity." The group goes on to argue that the proposed rules will impact those who rely on the mobile internet as their only internet connection, such as younger users and market segments such as users of pre-paid services. Free Pree vows to fight the FCC's rules. Earlier this year, MetroPCS and Verizon Wireless sued the FCC over the rules, though those lawsuits were tossed on a technicality.

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