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Free Press Protests Net Neutrality Rules in Court

Lora Bentley
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Why All the Hype Over Net Neutrality?

Learn what net neutrality is all about and why it's so important.

It's been a while since we've seen or heard much about net neutrality, but the issues haven't been resolved, and net neutrality is not dead.

 

If you'll recall, the Federal Communications Commission adopted the Open Internet Rules in December of last year. Despite continued opposition from the likes of Verizon and certain members of Congress, the rules appeared in the Federal Register this week, according to Reuters. That's when media reform group Free Press filed a lawsuit to protest the rules.

 

An update on the Free Press website indicates the group asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to review the FCC's decision to adopt the rules. Free Press argues the agency had no evidence upon which to base the distinction in the rules between wired and wireless Internet. Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood said:

The disparity that the FCC's rules create is unjust and unjustified. And it's especially problematic because of the increasing popularity of wireless, along with its increasing importance for younger demographics and diverse populations who rely on mobile devices as their primary means for getting online.

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