CCIA, Mozilla File Court Brief Supporting FCC’s Open Internet Order

BY Heather Greenfield
September 22, 2015

Washington, DC – The Computer & Communications Industry Association and Mozilla filed a joint amicus curiae brief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday supporting the FCC in the legal challenge to the Commission’s Open Internet order.  CCIA and Mozilla’s friend-of-the-court brief argues that from a technological and legal perspective, the FCC’s order is in clear compliance with the governing statutes and relevant case law.  It also argues that the FCC’s Open Internet rules — based on the Title II classification and appropriate forbearance — are both logical and necessary to encourage continued investment and dynamic competition throughout the Internet ecosystem.

The following quote can be attributed to Daniel O’Connor, Vice President of Public Policy at CCIA:

“Not only is the FCC’s Open Internet order on firm legal footing, but the rules are essential to preserving a vibrant, open Internet for all players in the Internet ecosystem. Preventing discrimination, blocking and paid prioritization will ensure the virtuous cycle of Internet investment and innovation that we have seen over the last two decades continues. Title II is the logical and appropriate framework to enact these fundamental protections and provide all market players clarity and certainty.  We have every confidence that the court will uphold the FCC’s order.”

The following quote can be attributed to Chris Riley, Head of Public Policy at Mozilla:

“In Mozilla’s 17 year history, the Internet has changed a great deal. But its heart of openness and neutrality has remained unchanged – and that has made it the world’s most important communications platform. The FCC’s order preserves that status quo, and maintains continuity with the policy and legal balance adopted by Congress in the Communications Act.”

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