Washington — As part of an ongoing court case to restore net neutrality, the Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed an intervenor brief in Mozilla Corporation v. Federal Communications Commission. The brief CCIA filed, along with the Entertainment Software Association, Internet Association and the Writers Guild of America West, argues that the FCC, under Chairman Ajit Pai, was wrong in abdicating its legal authority to enforce net neutrality rules.
The brief also explains how the benefits of an open internet and protections from discrimination help all businesses and consumers that rely on the internet. Net neutrality rules also ensure consumers have more choice in which apps they use and sites they visit.
CCIA represents both Internet services companies and mobile Internet Service Providers, and has fought for net neutrality for more than a decade. The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:
“Making sure that ISPs don’t block or throttle content helps preserve free speech, access to information — and democracy. The FCC itself acknowledges that most internet users and businesses have two or fewer choices of broadband internet providers. So the FCC acknowledges the lack of competition, but because the FCC got rid of its rules, there is nothing preventing the biggest internet providers from throttling or blocking content online. This violates principles that have been at the cornerstone of our democracy and thriving business climate for decades, and the court and policymakers should not allow this to stand.”
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