With 'Rock-Solid' Case to Defend Net Neutrality, Free Press Takes FCC to Court

September 21, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

The press freedom advocacy group Free Press expressed confidence on Thursday in its challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality protections as it filed a federal suit against the agency-approved rule change that would end one of the founding principles of the Internet.

“Free Press has a rock-solid legal argument against the FCC’s repeal of the Net Neutrality rules,” said Matt Wood, Free Press’s policy director, in a statement. “The agency is dead wrong to think it can take away nondiscrimination protections, grounded in Title II of the Communications Act, that prevent ISPs from picking and choosing what speech they’ll transmit and what they’ll block or degrade.”

“Lawmakers in Congress and the states are signing up by the hundreds to protect Net Neutrality. The courts will have their say, too, as they begin to assess the legal and factual errors underlying the FCC’s wrongheaded repeal.”—Matt Wood, Free Press

The FCC’s 3-2 vote, along party lines, came after an anti-net neutrality campaign mounted by President Donald Trump’s appointed chairman, Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lobbyist.