OTI : The FCC ‘Has No Leg to Stand On’ In Net Neutrality Case

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Feb. 1, 2019

Today, the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Mozilla v. FCC, the legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order. New America’s Open Technology Institute is a Petitioner in the appeal, where we asserted, among other things, that the FCC offered no reasoned analysis for repealing the order.

The 2015 Open Internet Order, previously upheld twice by the D.C. Circuit, provided the best legal backing for the strongest net neutrality regulations, which prevented broadband providers from blocking, throttling, and engaging in paid prioritization. Net neutrality, and the 2015 Order specifically, have broad support from the American public and provide critical protections for small businesses.

The following quote can be attributed to Sarah Morris, Deputy Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute:

“Today, Petitioners persuasively argued that the FCC’s complete abdication of its authority to protect consumers from ISP abuses lacked reasoning and harmed consumers. The FCC has no leg to stand on in defending its decision. The court should vacate the Restoring Internet Freedom Order.”

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Internet Access & Adoption Net Neutrality