CCIA Responds To FCC Arguments on Abdicating its Duty to Protect Net Neutrality

BY Heather Greenfield
November 15, 2018

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with the Entertainment Software Association, Internet Association, and the Writers Guild of America, West, asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to rescind an FCC Order that removed enforcement of net neutrality, nondiscrimination rules. CCIA and its partners filed a reply brief Thursday saying the FCC, which Congress designated to protect consumer access to communications, illegally eviscerated its rules that protected net neutrality.

CCIA joined these same parties in filing an intervenors’ brief in this case, Mozilla Corporation v. Federal Communications Commission, in August. The brief argued the FCC, under Chairman Ajit Pai, did not have the authority to issue a new order that abdicated enforcement of net neutrality rules.

The international, not for profit tech trade association, 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:

“An open Internet has been key to the success of our business climate, and more importantly, our democracy.  However, last year, the FCC abdicated its responsibility to prevent harmful conduct, like blocking and throttling, and instead left nothing but uncertainty in its wake.  We are asking the appeals court to reject the FCC’s unconscionable and illegal forfeiture of its Congressionally-mandated role protecting consumers’ access to communications and a vibrant, open Internet ecosystem.”

For media inquiries, please contact Heather Greenfield hgreenfield@ccianet.org

 

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