Free Press Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules
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.
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
Net Neutrality Rules Reach the Federal Register
The FCC's proposed rules regarding net neutrality were published in the Federal Register today and will become law in 60 days. The rules' appearance in the Federal Register means groups opposed to them may now file lawsuits to prevent the rules from taking final form.
FCC Delivers Net Neutrality Plan to Federal Register
The FCC has sent its proposed net neutrality rules to the Federal Register, completing another step in the process of making them law. The Federal Register will spend several days reviewing the rules before publishing them.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules.