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Tech Companies, States Fight Back Against Net Neutrality Ruling

by Countable | 1.8.18

Google, Amazon, Facebook and Others Joining Net Neutrality Lawsuits

The Internet Association – a trade group representing Airbnb, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and other tech giants – announced it’s joining the legal fight against the repeal of net neutrality protections.

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet providers to speed up – or slow down – service to apps and websites.

Following the vote, several start-ups, and various public interest groups, announced plans to sue the FCC.

Etsy and Netflix have also said they’ll sue the commission.

Initially, the Internet Association remained quiet. But following the FCC’s Friday release of their final 539-page net neutrality rollback rules, the IA announced it would join the legal case against the commission.

In a statement, the group said the FCC rollback "defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet." They continued:

The IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution."

State Attorney Generals and Legislatures Push Back

The tech groups join attorneys general from Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and the District of Columbia, who have all announced plans to halt the FCC’s ruling.

Multiple Democratic state legislatures have also proposed bills to establish net neutrality protections within their borders.

These include:

Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat representing San Francisco, summarized all the states’ basic arguments while introducing one of the California bills:

"We won't let the Trump-led FCC dismantle our right to a free and open internet. We won't let them create a system where internet providers can favor web sites and services based on who pays more money."

Senate Voting to Overturn Net Neutrality Repeal?

On Monday, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) tweeted that he'd mustered the 30 votes necessary to force a vote on the FCC rollback. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can nullify recently passed legislation with a simple majority.

The CRA has yet to be formally introduced. Countable will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

What do you think?

Is your favorite tech company suing the FCC? What about your state AG or state legislature? Do you want them to? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • James
    01/08/2018
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    The repeal of Net Neutrality rules was handled without any consideration of public comment. Repeated and intensive polling has shown that a vast majority of Americans did not, and do not, want the Net Neutrality rules repealed. The FCC needs to reinstate these rules immediately, and an inquiry needs to be launched into the governance and practices of the FCC.

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  • Debra
    01/09/2018
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    Why does all this “new” legislation favor profits instead of citizens?

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  • Jim
    01/08/2018
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    Keep the net neutral.

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  • Paulina
    01/09/2018
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    The repeal of Net Neutrality should not be decided in the hands of 5 people!! It has to be in majority of votes & most of us (the consumers) have voted against this irrational decision! Please Congress do your part & protect our net neutrality!! There is just so much on this administration & they are just trying to make us look elsewhere! We want an investigation on Trump’s sexual assault accusations! Full Russian investigations! and most importantly A CLEAN DREAM ACT NOW!!!!

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  • Timnyc
    01/08/2018
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    Fight back...no one voted for net neutrality no one..!!! Let’s fight this corporate takeover of our rights!!!!

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  • Azrael
    01/08/2018
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    New Jersey better be front and center in this fight They Screwed our state with the fake tax cuts Time to grow some and take back our rights Cup more in New York is suing, are we?

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  • Kathleen
    01/09/2018
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    We need net neutrality to maintain our freedom of information and free speech!

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  • Dale
    01/08/2018
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    Please do what you can to restore Net Neutrality

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  • Susan
    01/09/2018
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    I support a free and open internet. I support a CRA resolution to repeal the FCCs order to dismantle Net Neutrality

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  • anitachiquita
    01/09/2018
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    When the Obama administration put net neutrality into effect it was to "fix" the internet. Problem is it wasn't broken. Net neutrality puts government in the driver's seat in regard to the internet. I want to keep the internet free of government control.

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  • Libereasonable
    01/09/2018
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    The most criminal part about this whole thing is that the FCC actually had the balls to call their internet-killing resolution the Restoring Internet Freedom Act or something like that. I guess we're now all free to get totally screwed by Comcast (even more than usually and I wasn't sure that was even possible)

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  • Alain
    01/09/2018
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    It's funny how people for net neutrality preach for a free and open internet, but net neutrality is government control of the internet. Maybe they should study are constitution instead of getting there debate points from celebrities. Not only should we repeal net neutrality the whole FCC needs to be dismantled.

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  • Klaus
    01/10/2018
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    I support net neutrality. Please restore net neutrality or I’ll be forced to vote you out of office.

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  • Jonathan
    01/09/2018
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    Thank you for your support in protecting Net Neutrality policies that keep the Internet equal, fair, and supporting the American Dream

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  • Tiana
    01/09/2018
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    I am hopeful that this CRA will reverse the actions of the FCC rolling back net neutrality! Net neutrality is vital in a free society! Let’s stop making everything about capitalism and making the wealthy wealthier! Do what’s right! Reinstate net neutrality! Fight for the people not the pockets!!!!!

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  • Marc
    01/09/2018
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    Good, reset net neutrality

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  • Sherri
    01/09/2018
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    Glad to see some huge corporations supporting net-neutrality, since that seems to be the only voices that are heard by our Republican Congress.

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  • Robert
    01/09/2018
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    It is clear to any person who can read the English Language that Ajit Pai is. Political whore

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  • Patrick
    01/09/2018
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    To correct Alain’s comments The Constitution clearly outlines the Federal Government’s power to make policy regulating the internet. One need read no farther than the necessary and proper clause or the idea of promoting the general welfare. As net neutrality promotes the general welfare of the people as a protection against corporate overreach and greed it is therefore necessary and proper for the Federal Government to regulate. Furthermore since the internet deals with interstate and international commerce the Federal Government has authority to regulate under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of The Constitution. Finally The Constitution is a proper noun and should be capitalized and Alain incorrectly used ‘there’ in the comment when their was the form which should have been used.

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  • Clay
    01/09/2018
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    I support saving net neutrality. Let's take a second swing at it and keep up the pressure until we win back net neutrality.

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