Free Press Fights Net Neutrality Rules

Free Press files suit to challenge FCC's open Internet rules

September 29, 2011

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BOSTON -- Free Press filed today in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston a petition for review of the Federal Communications Commission's December 2010 Open Internet order. The Federal Register published the new rules last week, opening the window for such lawsuits.

Free Press, headquartered in Western Massachusetts, will challenge the arbitrary nature of rule provisions that provide less protection for mobile wireless Internet access than they do for wired connections.

Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood made the following statement: "When the FCC first proposed the Open Internet rules, they came with the understanding that there is only one Internet, no matter how people choose to reach it. The final rules provide some basic protections for consumers, but do not deliver on the promise to preserve openness for mobile Internet access. They fail to protect wireless users from discrimination, and they let mobile providers block innovative applications with impunity.

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