“Four industry groups representing major internet providers and cable companies filed suit on Wednesday seeking to block California’s new law to mandate net neutrality rules,” David Shepardson reports for Reuters.
“The groups represent companies including AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Comcast Corp and Charter Communications Inc. The lawsuit came after the U.S. Justice Department on Sunday filed its own lawsuit to block the new law,” Shepardson reports. “The lawsuit filed by the American Cable Association, CTIA – The Wireless Association, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association and USTelecom – The Broadband Association, called California’s law a ‘classic example of unconstitutional state regulation’ and urged the court to block it before it is set to take effect Jan. 1.”
“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Sunday in a statement that the ‘the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy,'” Shepardson reports. “In December, the Federal Communications Commission said in repealing the Obama-era rules that it was preempting states from setting their own rules governing internet access.”
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MacDailyNews Take: So, any guesses as to how long will this thing be tied up in the courts?
As we wrote last December regarding the call by U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) for the U.S. Congress to pass ‘net neutrality’ legislation:
Real net neutrality legislation is the solution to the FCC/FTC regulatory seesaw.
Trump administration sues California over ‘net neutrality’ law – October 1, 2018