Today, the Federal Register published the Federal Communications Commission’ “Restoring Internet Freedom” Order. The Order rolls back the agency’s net neutrality rules, and abandons the agency’s longstanding, bipartisan commitment to broadband oversight, including protecting the Open Internet and ensuring that internet service providers do not discriminate against online content or services. Public Knowledge is filing suit in federal court to challenge this action today.
Recently, Public Knowledge filed a protective petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to protect its rights in the event that, as happened in previous litigation, the multidistrict lottery was conducted early. The multidistrict lottery determines which court Federal Communications Commission appeals may be heard in when challenges are filed in multiple courts.
Today, AT&T placed full-page advertisements in various papers urging Congress to pass an “Internet Bill of Rights” to “provide consistent rules of the road for all internet companies.” Public Knowledge contends that Americans had strong, consistent net neutrality rules until Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai repealed them, and finds AT&T’s vague commitments insufficient for a bill.